- The definition of finesse is skillful, artful or diplomatic handling of something that might be difficult for others.
An example of finesse is what you exhibit when you carefully arrange a situation to your liking.
- To finesse is defined as to do something skillfully or slyly, especially something that requires delicacy.
An example of finesse is when you diplomatically arrange a complicated situation so it turns out in your favor.
- adroitness and delicacy of performance
- the ability to handle delicate and difficult situations skillfully and diplomatically
- cunning; skill; artfulness; craft
- Bridge an attempt to take a trick with a lower card while holding a higher card not in sequence with it, made in the hope that the intervening card is in the hand of the opponent who has already played
Origin of finesseFrench ; from Old French fin, fine
transitive verbfinessed, finessing
- to manage, bring about, or deal with by finesse: sometimes with into
- to evade or bypass (a problem, issue, etc.)
- to make a finesse with (a specified card)
- to play a card lower than (the specified intervening card) in making a finesse
- Refinement and delicacy of performance, execution, or artisanship.
- Skillful, subtle handling of a situation; tactful, diplomatic maneuvering.
- A method of leading up to a tenace, as in bridge, in order to prevent an opponent from winning the trick with an intermediate card.
- A stratagem in which one appears to decline an advantage.
verbfi·nessed, fi·ness·ing, fi·ness·es
- To accomplish by the use of finesse.
- To handle with a deceptive or evasive strategy.
- To play (a card) as a finesse.
- To use finesse.
- To make a finesse in cards.
Origin of finesseFrench, fineness, subtlety, from fin, fine; see fine1.
(countable and uncountable, plural finesses)
(third-person singular simple present finesses, present participle finessing, simple past and past participle finessed)
- (intransitive, card games) To play (a card) as a finesse (see noun sense above).
- To handle or manage carefully or skillfully.
- To evade.
[circa 1520] From Middle French finesse, from Old French fin (“fine”).