- 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 verb-·nessed′, -·ness′ing
- 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 fine 1.
(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”).