EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FINE

The trouble is that we've just had to cut that fine old New York family off our list.

"Here's a fine letter to read on a hot day," called Percival.

The robe of fine Milesian texture, was saffron-coloured, with a purple edge.

I remember Mr. Milbrey spoke of what fine claret you gave him.

Fine pools for the first six miles, with numbers of ducks in them.

On our way to-day we passed some fine rock holes, but all were quite dry.

Ascended the Frere Ranges and got a fine view to the north and east.

The natives also found a fine water-hole about a mile from camp.

In the afternoon got a fine round of angles from granite rocks.

She is a fine mare, and I am sorry to lose her, but we cannot help it.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-13c., "unblemished, refined, pure; of superior quality," from Old French fin "perfected, of highest quality" (12c.), from Latin finis "end, limit" (see finish); hence "acme, peak, height," as in finis boni "the highest good."

In French, the main meaning remains "delicate, intricately skillful;" in English since mid-15c. fine is also a general expression of admiration or approval, the equivalent of French beau (cf. fine arts, 1767, translating French beaux-arts). Finer; finest. Fine print is from 1861 as "type small and close-set;" by 1934 as "qualifications and limitations of a deal."

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