last word


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last word

n.
1. The final statement in a verbal argument.
2.
a. A conclusive or authoritative statement or treatment: The report was considered to be the last word on the hazards of smoking.
b. Power or authority of ultimate decision: The treasurer has the last word in all financial matters.
3. Informal The newest or most fashionable example of its kind; the latest thing: a food processor that is the last word in kitchen equipment.

last′ word′


n.
1. the closing remark or comment, as in an argument.
2. a final or definitive work, statement, etc.: This book is the last word on the topic.
3. the latest, most modern thing.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.last word - the final statement in a verbal argument; "she always gets the last word"
argument, statement - a fact or assertion offered as evidence that something is true; "it was a strong argument that his hypothesis was true"
2.last word - an authoritative statement; "my doctor has the last word on the medicines I take"
authority - an authoritative written work; "this book is the final authority on the life of Milton"
3.last word - elegance by virtue of being fashionablelast word - elegance by virtue of being fashionable
elegance - a refined quality of gracefulness and good taste; "she conveys an aura of elegance and gentility"
dapperness, jauntiness, nattiness, rakishness - stylishness as evidenced by a smart appearance
References in classic literature ?
He cried her name sharply, like a man who has taken a physical hurt, and that was the last word that either of them spoke until they reached Thymebury Junction.
Will rose from his chair with the last word and went--he hardly knew where; but it was to the projecting window nearest him, which had been open as now about the same season a year ago, when he and Dorothea had stood within it and talked together.
There remained only his memory and his Intended--and I wanted to give that up too to the past, in a way,--to surrender personally all that remained of him with me to that oblivion which is the last word of our common fate.
She said the last word with such sudden violence that Alice quite jumped; but she saw in another moment that it was addressed to the baby, and not to her, so she took courage, and went on again:--
In one last word, do I give you any sort of encouragement to try again?
Perhaps the last word would be hope--hope even on this side of the grave.
Tell me first," I said, "how the Indian in the armoury met his death, and what those last words meant, when he pointed to the dagger in your hand.
While the Grand Master said these last words it seemed to Pierre that he grew embarrassed.
He repeated his last words in louder and sterner tones:
At that very moment the Fox came in and heard these last words of the Wolf.
Over and over again, through the long hours of the wakeful night, I read and re-read the last words which had dropped from Miserrimus Dexter's lips.
Almost the last words my father said to me on his death-bed, "she began, "were words, madam, which told me to expect protection and kindness from you.