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finest

[ fahy-nist ]
/ ˈfaɪ nɪst /
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noun (used with a plural verb) Informal.

the police: New York City's finest.

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RELATED WORDS

bluecoat, bobby, cop, detective, officer, patrolman, patrolwoman, police, policeman, policewoman

Nearby words

finer, finery, fines herbes, finespun, finesse, finest, finestra, finfish, finfoot, fingal's cave, finger

Origin of finest

An Americanism dating back to 1925–30

Definition for finest (2 of 2)

Origin of fine

1
1250–1300; Middle English fin < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin fīnis end, utmost limit, highest point
SYNONYMS FOR fine
3 powdered, pulverized.

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.
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British Dictionary definitions for finest (1 of 4)

fine

1
/ (faɪn) /

adjective

adverb

verb

Word Origin for fine

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

British Dictionary definitions for finest (2 of 4)

fine

2
/ (faɪn) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for finest (3 of 4)

fine

3
/ (ˈfiːneɪ) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for finest (4 of 4)

fine

4
/ French (fin) /

noun

brandy of ordinary quality

Word Origin for fine

literally: fine
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Idioms and Phrases with finest

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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