Definition of the last word in English:

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the last word

1The final or definitive pronouncement on or decision about a subject: he’s always determined to have the last word
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  • That there is only one of Him is not just a first approximation, it is also the last word on the subject, and it makes the concept of Godhead a notably tense one.
  • It is unlikely to provide the last word on the subject, but its findings will have a huge effect on the alternative health industry either way.
  • No one person may always have the last word just for the sake of having the last word.
final decision, summation, final statement, definitive statement, conclusive comment;
concluding remark, final remark, final say, closing statement, parting shot, Parthian shot
2The finest or most modern, fashionable, or advanced example of something: the new flat is the last word in luxury
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  • Do you think salt-and-pepper is the last word in style, or would you rather dye than reveal your roots - and your age?
  • This was back in the days when Genesis were considered to be the last word in cool by a certain strata of English youth.
  • Spread across five-storeys, it's perhaps the last word in quality, style and taste.
the best, the peak, the acme, the epitome, the quintessence, the most fashionable, the most up to date, the latest, the newest;
the pinnacle, the apex, the apogee, the cream, the ultimate, the height, the zenith, the utmost, the nonpareil, the crème de la crème, the ne plus ultra, the dernier cri, the beau idéal
archaic the nonesuch
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