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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The Circuit Court sided with Stephens, but the Supreme Court will have the last word in the matter. Julie Moreau, NBC News, "Can a religious school fire a gay teacher? It's complicated.," 26 Aug. 2019 And, today, five years after the state slaying of his son, Brown Sr. is reaffirming that the 2014 grand jury will not have the last word in this case. Kirsten West Savali, Essence, "Mike Brown’s Father To Call For Reopening Investigation Into Son’s Death," 9 Aug. 2019 Billboard, whose charts are widely accepted as the last word in measuring the popularity of songs and albums, acknowledges the problem. Ben Sisario, New York Times, "A Billboard No. 1 Is at Stake, So Here’s an Album With Your Taylor Swift Hoodie," 9 June 2019 And though that claim is undermined by earlier embarrassments on his watch — specifically the Karen Sypher affair and the Katina Powell/Andre McGee mess — Rick Pitino is not the type to concede the last word in a controversy. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Restless Rick Pitino hires an agent and returns to the job market," 9 Mar. 2018 The court's January opinion was the last word in a legal wrestling match between the company and the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio over green energy. John Funk,, "Supreme Court erred in FirstEnergy refund case: Consumers' Counsel," 6 Feb. 2018 Both of them had encyclopedic memories that allowed them to have the last word. David Pryce-jones, National Review, "The Cold War of Words," 22 Aug. 2019 Together, as travelers and as human beings, our actions can be the last word. Los Angeles Times, "Escapes: Scotland’s unexpectedly great food is a fare to remember," 25 July 2019 Some chapters, particularly the one covering the Civil War, which gives Frederick Douglass the first and last words, are artfully organized and eloquent. Ken Emerson, WSJ, "‘Songs of America’ and ‘A Fiery Gospel’ Review: Of Thee We Sing," 28 June 2019

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First Known Use of last word

1509, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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