Nearby words

  1. finder's fee,
  2. finders keepers, losers weepers,
  3. finders, keepers,
  4. finding,
  5. findlay,
  6. fine and dandy,
  7. fine art,
  8. fine arts,
  9. fine bouche,
  10. fine champagne

Idioms

    cut fine, to calculate precisely, especially without allowing for possible error or accident: To finish in ten minutes is to cut it too fine.

Origin of fine

1
1250–1300; Middle English fin < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin fīnis end, utmost limit, highest point

Synonym study

1. Fine, choice, elegant, exquisite are terms of praise with reference to quality. Fine is a general term: a fine horse, person, book. Choice implies a discriminating selection of the object in question: a choice piece of steak. Elegant suggests a refined and graceful superiority that is generally associated with luxury and a cultivated taste: elegant furnishings. Exquisite suggests an admirable delicacy, finish, or perfection: an exquisite piece of lace.

fine

2
[fahyn]

noun

a sum of money imposed as a penalty for an offense or dereliction: a parking fine.
Law. a fee paid by a feudal tenant to the landlord, as on the renewal of tenure.
English Law. (formerly) a conveyance of land through decree of a court, based upon a simulated lawsuit.
Archaic. a penalty of any kind.

verb (used with object), fined, fin·ing.

to subject to a fine or pecuniary penalty; punish by a fine: The judge fined him and released him on parole.

Origin of fine

2
1150–1200; Middle English fin < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin fīnis end, Medieval Latin: settlement, payment

fine

3
[fee-ney]

noun Music.

the end of a repeated section, whether da capo or dal segno.
the end of a composition that comprises several movements.

Origin of fine

3
1790–1800; < Italian < Latin fīnis end

fine

4
[feen]

noun

ordinary French brandy, usually with no indication of the maker's name or location.

Origin of fine

4
1920–25; short for French fine (champagne) de la maison bar brandy. Cf. Fine Champagne

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British Dictionary definitions for fine

fine

1

adjective

excellent or choice in quality; very good of its kinda fine speech
superior in skill, ability, or accomplishmenta fine violinist
(of weather) clear and dry
enjoyable or satisfyinga fine time
(postpositive) informal quite well; in satisfactory healthI feel fine
satisfactory; acceptablethat's fine by me
of delicate composition or careful workmanshipfine crystal
(of precious metals) pure or having a high or specified degree of purityfine silver; gold 98 per cent fine
subtle in perception; discriminatinga fine eye for antique brasses
abstruse or subtlea fine point in argument
very thin or slenderfine hair
very smallfine dust; fine print
(of edges, blades, etc) sharp; keen
ornate, showy, or smart
good-looking; handsomea fine young woman
polished, elegant, or refineda fine gentleman
morally upright and commendablea fine man
cricket (of a fielding position) oblique to and behind the wicketfine leg
(prenominal) informal disappointing or terriblea fine mess

adverb

informal quite well; all rightthat suits me fine
a nonstandard word for finely
billiards snooker (of a stroke on the cue ball) so as to merely brush the object ball
cut it fine to allow little margin of time, space, etc

verb

to make or become finer; refine
(often foll by down or away) to make or become smaller
(tr) to clarify (wine, etc) by adding finings
(tr) billiards snooker to hit (a cue ball) fine
(intr foll by up) Australian and NZ informal (of the weather) to become fine

Word Origin for fine

C13: from Old French fin, from Latin fīnis end, boundary, as in fīnis honōrum the highest degree of honour

noun

a certain amount of money exacted as a penaltya parking fine
a payment made by a tenant at the start of his tenancy to reduce his subsequent rent; premium
feudal law a sum of money paid by a man to his lord, esp for the privilege of transferring his land to another
a method of transferring land in England by bringing a fictitious law suit: abolished 1833
in fine
  1. in short; briefly
  2. in conclusion; finally

verb

(tr) to impose a fine on

Word Origin for fine

C12 (in the sense: conclusion, settlement): from Old French fin; see fine 1

noun music

the point at which a piece is to end, usually after a da capo or dal segno
an ending or finale

Word Origin for fine

Italian, from Latin fīnis end

noun

brandy of ordinary quality

Word Origin for fine

literally: fine

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Word Origin and History for fine
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Idioms and Phrases with fine

fine

In addition to the idioms beginning with fine

  • fine and dandy
  • fine art

also see:

  • come on in (the water's fine)
  • cut it fine
  • in fine feather
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