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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Fi`nesse"
  1. Subtilty of contrivance to gain a point; artifice; stratagem."This is the artificialest piece of finesse to persuade men into slavery." [Milton.]
  2. [Whist Playing] The act of finessing. See Finesse (v. i.), 2.

Etymology: F., fr. fin fine. See Fine (a.)

verb Fi*nesse"
  1. To use artifice or stratagem.
  2. [Whist Playing] 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.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Subtly skillful handling of a situation

Borrowing from French finesse.

  1. finesse
  2. (plural) tricks
  3. (plural) extras, refinements

Notable Persons Named Finesse

Finesse Mitchell is an actor, comedian, and author. He has been prominent since 1999. Finesse was given the name Alfred Langston Mitchell on June 12th, 1972 in Atlanta.



Notable Persons With the Last Name Finesse

Lord Finesse is a hip hop music musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 1989 to present. Lord was given the name Robert Hall, Jr. on February 19th, 1970.



Fun Facts about the name Finesse

  • How Popular is the name Finesse? Finesse is the 26,123rd most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Finesse have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 212 babies born with the first name Finesse in the United States. That's more than enough people named Finesse to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Finesse? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1953 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Finesse first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Finesse is Thursday, June 28th, 1894.
  • What year had the most people named Finesse born? The highest recorded use of the first name Finesse was in 1989 with a total of 18 babies.
  • Random Finesse Factoid: According to the 1989 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Finesse is not a popular baby girl's name in New Jersey. Imagine that, only 5 babies in New Jersey have the same name as you in 1989.
  • Weird things about the name Finesse: Your name in reverse order is Essenif. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Nesefis. How do you pronounce that?

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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