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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Full House's Danny Tanner, beloved by '90s kids everywhere, was also a master of the end-of-episode lesson; a weird way of subtly saying that the wise dad always gets the last word. Jean Bentley, Redbook, "Stop Praising TV Dads for Doing the Bare Minimum," 14 Apr. 2017 John Fair Castlebar, Ireland Unfortunately, the classy Ms. Osaka will not have the last word. WSJ, "Serena Advanced Neither Women’s Rights Nor Herself," 17 Sep. 2018 The letters won’t be his last words, either, Marquardt said, because Ramos will have his day in court. Reis Thebault, Washington Post, "Jarrod Ramos’s name was on letter laying out “the objective of killing every person present” at Capital Gazette," 3 July 2018 The only thing that seems certain is that the Colorado case was not the justices' last word on the topic. Mark Sherman, Fox News, "Baker decision not Supreme Court's last word on LGBT rights," 4 June 2018 Luckily, that’s not the last word in a movie full of warm supporting characters like her caring teacher (Woody Harrelson) and a cute boyfriend (Hayden Szeto). Monica Castillo, New York Times, "Six Films to Watch if You Loved ‘Lady Bird’," 9 Feb. 2018 If not the last word in extroversion, there was nonetheless electric quick playing and a tender sweetness in the final bars that proved especially poignant. Alan Artner,, "NU Winter Chamber Music Festival opens with refined debut from Dudok Kwartet," 13 Jan. 2018 But perhaps, with just a year to go until Britain leaves the EU, the last word is best left to outspoken leave supporter and Conservative MP, Jacob Rees-Mogg. James Masters, CNN, "From 'titanic success' to 'Mad Max': How language around Brexit changed," 27 Mar. 2018 Lizette Cuesta’s last words could come back to haunt her alleged killers. Sarah Ravani, San Francisco Chronicle, "Young woman’s ‘dying declaration’ a rare path to justice, law enforcement says," 17 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of last word

1509, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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