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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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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