from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The finest, highest, or ultimate representative of some class of objects.
  • n. Concluding remarks or comments
  • n. the final statement uttered by a person before death.
  • n. A final decision, or the right to make such a decision.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the final statement in a verbal argument
  • n. an authoritative statement
  • n. elegance by virtue of being fashionable


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  • When the last word had died away, there was over the whole crowd of them a look of well-defined regret, and it seemed to Philip Grayson that the sigh of the world without was giving voice to the sigh of the world within as the well-behaved crowd of boys sat down to resume their duties as auditors.

    The Man of Flesh and Blood.

  • Gouverneur Morris has written the last word about Richard Harding Davis, and he, as every one must, laid final stress on the clean body, clean heart, and clean mind of the man.

    Appreciations of Richard Harding Davis

  • In faith by hearing the last word rests with the teacher; in private judgment it rests with the reader, who submits the dead text of Scripture to a kind of post-mortem examination and delivers a verdict without appeal: he believes in himself rather than in any higher authority.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • “Good ni-ight,” Carly said, the last word stretched into two falsetto syllables.

    Whispers At Midnight

  • A pause in the expression, if oral, and a comma before the last word achieves the result in the interim between instruction and performance.

    The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time

  • That the system of HAHNEMANN (1755 -- 1843), the founder of homoeopathy, is free from error could be scarcely maintained, but certain recent discoveries in connection with serum-therapy appear to indicate that the last word has not yet been said on the subject, and the formula "like cures like" may still have another lease of life to run.

    Bygone Beliefs

  • The first, as Mumford, who considered Geddes “my master,” explained, was to plan cities at a human scale to avoid the sprawling modern megalopolis, which Mumford called “the last word in imageless urban amorphousness.”

    Makeshift Metropolis

  • The Book of Job has been called a "Wisdom-drama": and what is the denouement of this drama, what is ancient Hebrew wisdom's last word about life?

    The Profits of Religion: An Essay in Economic Interpretation

  • “Different” was the last word to describe Nick Taggert.


  • Now, I can't say whether I did or did not emphasize the last word unduly, but Pyrrha blushed again, and remarked:

    Frivolous Cupid


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