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
Recent Examples on the Web Finally, after the last word of the song was sung, players hugged each other and thanked one another, particularly the seniors — for a great season, for memories and for a lifelong brotherhood. David J. Kim, The Courier-Journal, "Floyd Central football's historic season ends in loss to Bloomington South in regionals," 16 Nov. 2019 Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz offered one last word of support to backup Nick Foles before Super Bowl LII Sunday. Khadrice Rollins,, "Carson Wentz Tweets Encouraging Gameday Message to Nick Foles, Eagles," 4 Feb. 2018 In fact, the 49ers’ last words on the subject included a strong vote of confidence for Garoppolo on Feb. 25 at the NFL combine. Eric Branch,, "Brady chatter inspires question: How committed are 49ers to Garoppolo?," 9 Mar. 2020 In Leon's latest Venetian mystery, the last words of a dying woman move Commissario Guido Brunetti to investigate a threat to the whole community. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "10 big author events scheduled for Milwaukee, including Emily St. John Mandel and Gene Luen Yang," 31 Jan. 2020 Whether Biden’s prediction comes true could determine the last word on his political career. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "In must-win South Carolina, Joe Biden mounts what could be his presidential campaign’s last stand," 26 Feb. 2020 Chris Paul was booed all night, but got the last word. Duane Rankin, azcentral, "Chris Paul ignores boos, sinks Phoenix Suns with clutch play in Oklahoma City Thunder win," 31 Jan. 2020 Those would be the last words the outside world heard from Capt. Georgi Kantchev, WSJ, "Before Doomed Flight From Tehran, Anxiety and a Final Kiss," 24 Jan. 2020 In all honesty, that's the last word that could ever be used to describe it. Mark Holgate, Vogue, "Claire Thomson-Jonville’s Collaboration With Pallas Might Be The Most Perfect Capsule Collection Ever," 26 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of last word

1509, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Last word.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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