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

Examples of last word in a Sentence

a swimsuit that is the last word in sportswear this season
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First Known Use of last word

1509, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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29 Jul 2022

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“Last word.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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