last word


Definition of last word

1 : the final remark in a verbal exchange
2a : the power of final decision
b : a definitive statement or treatment this study will surely be the last word on the subject for many years
3 : the most advanced, up-to-date, or fashionable exemplar of its kind the last word in sports cars

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a swimsuit that is the last word in sportswear this season

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That last word comes up repeatedly in a three-hour conversation. Seth Abramovitch, Town & Country, "The Loves and Losses of Cassandra Grey," 18 Apr. 2019 Others attend a service based on the seven last words (or direct quotes) of Jesus with readings of Bible passages, a sermon, prayers and hymns. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, "What Is Good Friday and Why Do We Celebrate It?," 22 Feb. 2019 The last word goes to Carli Lloyd, who scored a superb goal for Sky Blue FC in Saturday’s 2-1 loss to the North Carolina Courage. Jonathan Tannenwald,, "Borek Dockal, Mark McKenzie shine amid Union's winning streak," 22 May 2018 The last word inevitably belongs to the elder Fernando. Jeff Sanders,, "Fernando Tatis Jr. groomed for big future in baseball," 28 Sep. 2017 Sidney Walton sang, the last words of the old tune escaping him. Kate Talerico, The Courier-Journal, "WWII veteran is touring the states then hopes to meet President Trump," 26 June 2018 The last word on the affair belonged to Leeds player Mateusz Klich. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "On His Manager’s Secret Service: Espionage Comes to English Soccer," 15 Jan. 2019 The replication rate of 62 percent is also not the last word; future replication studies will hit on varying results. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Social science has a complicated, infinitely tricky replication crisis," 28 Aug. 2018 The last word on the project was that the park would open in the early 2020s. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "The Sprawling Legacy of Isao Takahata, Co-Founder of Studio Ghibli," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of last word

1509, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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