fin·​est ˈfī-nəst How to pronounce finest (audio)
plural in construction
: police officers
usually used with the possessive form of a city or area
the city's finest

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Each voyage will be nine days long and take place on the American Queen steamboat decked out in its holiday finest. Nathan Diller, USA TODAY, 18 Nov. 2022 Most are dressed in their cyberpunk finest, although a solitary sailor stands in the doorway. Angela Watercutter, Wired, 28 Jan. 2022 But the case for the Emmys as a collective showcase of the industry’s middlebrow finest is an easy one to make — at least for the medium’s sake. Washington Post, 17 Sep. 2021 So put on your Halloween finest and fire up your computer or phone camera. René A. Guzman,, 1 Oct. 2020 Dressed in their Sunday finest was a stylish crew that also included the Manners sisters, model Martha Hunt, and haute DJs Harley Viera-Newton and Lady Mary Charteris. Vogue, 18 June 2018 Some of his finest works include Diana Ross’ Silk Electric, Aretha Franklin’s Aretha, John Lennon’s posthumous Menlove Ave., and even Liza Minelli’s Live at Carnegie Hall. 3. Stephen Daw, Billboard, 22 Feb. 2018 See More

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Word History


from superlative of fine entry 1

First Known Use

1884, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of finest was in 1884

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“Finest.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2022.

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