Definitions for finessefɪˈnɛss

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. delicacy, diplomacy, discreetness, finesse(noun)

    subtly skillful handling of a situation


  1. finesse(Noun)

    The property of having grace, elegance, skill, or balance.

  2. finesse(Noun)

    Skill in handling of a situation.

  3. finesse(Noun)

    An adroit maneuver.

  4. finesse(Noun)

    A technique which allows one to promote tricks based on a favorable position of one or more cards in the hands of the opponent.

  5. finesse(Verb)

    To handle or manage carefully or skillfully.

  6. finesse(Verb)

    To evade.

  7. Origin: from finesse, from fin.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Finesse(adj)

    subtilty of contrivance to gain a point; artifice; stratagem

  2. Finesse(adj)

    the act of finessing. See Finesse, v. i., 2

  3. Finesse(verb)

    to use artifice or stratagem

  4. Finesse(verb)

    to attempt, when second or third player, to make a lower card answer the purpose of a higher, when an intermediate card is out, risking the chance of its being held by the opponent yet to play

  5. Origin: [F., fr. fin fine. See Fine, a.]


  1. Finesse

    In contract bridge and similar games, a finesse is a card play technique which will enable a player to win an additional trick or tricks should there be a favorable position of one or more cards in the hands of the opponents. The player attempts to win either the current trick or a later trick with a card of the suit he leads notwithstanding that the opponents hold a higher card in the suit; the attempt is based on the assumption that the higher card is held by a particular opponent. The specifics of the technique vary depending upon the suit combination being played and the number of tricks the player is attempting to win in that suit.

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  • براعةArabic
  • FinesseGerman
  • finesseFrench
  • przebiegłość, impasPolish
  • изящество, прорезывание, тонкость, ловкостьRussian

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