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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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