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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Any last words of wisdom from the world of weddings and registries? Nora Deligter, Vogue, "On the Registry: The Homeware Curator Who Hoped for Dior Wine Glasses," 28 June 2018 Noplis' last words tore at his conscience — ultimately altering his career path. Beth Warren, The Courier-Journal, "Tired of going to funerals, this doctor treats addiction with drugs," 21 June 2018 For a moment, the last words of Amazing Grace didn't come. Joe Robertson And Ian Cummings, kansascity, "'Hungering for goodness and justice': Mourners gather in KCK to honor slain deputies," 17 June 2018 Here’s what happens when parents have a few last words to say to their kids before the kid is ripped away, and [the parents are] taken away by the wall and shot or detained or arrested or whatever. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Handmaid’s Tale writer Yahlin Chang on what she learned researching child separations," 20 June 2018 The White House pointed to the financial disclosure as the last word. Glenn Fleishman, Fortune, "How Melania Trump Got Paid by the News Media's Licensing of Trump Family Photos," 2 July 2018 Molina, though, got in the last word Monday night as the Cardinals snapped their four-game skid. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Torey Lovullo and Yadier Molina meet to clear the air, but Cardinals get the last word," 2 July 2018 The composition is intended to evoke the emotion behind the seven last words of Christ. Grace Dickinson,, "Philly's amazing church-music concert scene is now at its Easter best," 14 Mar. 2018 James Huberty wanted some sort of last word in San Ysidro. David Freed, Anchorage Daily News, "It’s not just the guns, or even the mental illness. Why aren’t we talking about rage?," 25 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of last word

1509, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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