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[circa 1520] From Middle French finesse, from Old French fin (fine).



finesse (countable and uncountable, plural finesses)

  1. (uncountable) The property of having grace, elegance, skill, or balance.
  2. (uncountable) Skill in handling of a situation.
  3. (countable) An adroit manoeuvre.
  4. (countable, bridge) A technique which allows one to promote tricks based on a favorable position of one or more cards in the hands of the opponent.

1. extreme delicacy or subtlety in action, performance, skill, discrimination, taste, etc. 2. skill in handling a difficult or highly sensitive situation; adroit and artful management: exceptional diplomatic finesse. 3. a trick, artifice, or stratagem.



finesse (third-person singular simple present finesses, present participle finessing, simple past and past participle finessed)

  1. (transitive, intransitive, card games) To play (a card) as a finesse (see noun sense above).
  2. (transitive) To handle or manage carefully or skillfully.
  3. (transitive) To evade.

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finesse f (plural finesses)

  1. fineness (of hair, writing etc.)
  2. thinness
  3. keenness, sharpness (of blade)
  4. fineness, delicacy; slenderness
  5. perceptiveness; sensitivity, finesse

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