fi·nesse / fəˈnes/ • n. intricate and refined delicacy: orchestral playing of great finesse. ∎ artful subtlety, typically that needed for tactful handling of a difficulty: clients want advice and action that calls for considerable finesse. ∎ subtle or delicate manipulation.• v. [tr.] 1. do (something) in a subtle and delicate manner. ∎ slyly attempt to avoid blame or censure when dealing with (a situation or action): the administration's attempts to finesse its mishaps.2. (in bridge and whist) play (a card that is not a certain winner) in the hope of winning a trick with it.