What does finesse mean?

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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Finesse

    fi-nes′, n. subtlety of contrivance: artifice: an endeavour by a player holding (say) queen and ace to take the trick with the lower card.—v.i. to use artifice.—ns. Fines′ser; Fines′sing. [Fr.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of finesse in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of finesse in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Derwood Fincher:

    Experience is what allows us to repeat our mistakes, only with more finesse

  2. Derwood Fincher:

    Experience is what allows us to repeat our mistakes, only with more finesse!

  3. Charlie Sykes:

    I was surprised, because I thought there was probably an easier way to finesse that.

  4. Ramana Pemmaraju:

    Most of them are remembered for their works, few are remembered in spite of them...for their finesse!”

  5. Gary Bauer:

    The temptation by politicians is to try and finesse these issues and move on, but no member will be able to claim ignorance.

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