fine·​spun ˈfīn-ˈspən How to pronounce finespun (audio)
: developed with extreme care or delicacy
also : developed in excessively fine or subtle detail

Example Sentences

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Recent Examples on the Web Everlasting, Andrea Silva’s debut album as Loyal Lobos, was full of finespun reveries that established her as an introspective singer-songwriter and guitarist, constantly bridging bicultural worlds through her music. Tomás Mier, Rolling Stone, 3 Jan. 2023 Here comes the bass, offering a futuristic contrast to the singer’s finespun melodies — which tend to be sung in Spanish and forged in various folk traditions. Chris Richards, Washington Post, 9 Sep. 2022 Lekman’s career is built around weaving hazy bits of looped sound, often plucked from obscure dollar-bin LPs, with exquisitely finespun melodies. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, 5 July 2022 At the Kennedy Center’s Opera House on Saturday, Washington National Opera’s Russell Thomas burst onto the stage, brandishing a red flag, and sang it in tones of finespun gold. Washington Post, 27 Oct. 2019 All the distant hills’ grasses were finespun metal which the wind laid down. Annie Dillard, The Atlantic, 20 Mar. 2015

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Word History

First Known Use

1611, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of finespun was in 1611

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Cite this Entry

“Finespun.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

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