Meaning of FINE in English

I. fine ˈfīn noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French fin, fine, from Latin finis boundary, end

Date: 13th century

1. obsolete : end , conclusion

2. : a compromise of a fictitious suit used as a form of conveyance of lands


a. : a sum imposed as punishment for an offense

b. : a forfeiture or penalty paid to an injured party in a civil action

- in fine

II. fine transitive verb

( fined ; fin·ing )

Date: 1559

: to impose a fine on : punish by a fine

III. fine adjective

( fin·er ; fin·est )

Etymology: Middle English fin, from Anglo-French, from Latin finis, noun, end, limit

Date: 13th century


a. : free from impurity

b. of a metal : having a stated proportion of pure metal in the composition expressed in parts per thousand

a gold coin .9166 fine



(1) : very thin in gauge or texture

fine thread

(2) : not coarse

fine sand

(3) : very small

fine print

(4) : keen

a knife with a fine edge

(5) : very precise or accurate

a fine adjustment

trying to be too fine with his pitches

b. : physically trained or hardened close to the limit of efficiency — used of an athlete or animal

3. : delicate, subtle, or sensitive in quality, perception, or discrimination

a fine distinction

4. : superior in kind, quality, or appearance : excellent

a fine job

a fine day

fine wines


a. : ornate 1

fine writing

b. : marked by or affecting elegance or refinement

fine manners


a. : very well

feel fine

b. : all right

that's fine with me

7. — used as an intensive

the leader, in a fine frenzy, beheaded one of his wives — Brian Crozier

• fine·ness ˈfīn-nəs noun

IV. fine adverb

Date: 14th century

1. : finely : as

a. : very well

b. : all right

2. : with a very narrow margin of time or space

she had not intended to cut her escape so fine — Melinda Beck et al.

V. fine verb

( fined ; fin·ing )

Date: 14th century

transitive verb

1. : purify , clarify

fine and filter wine

2. : to make finer in quality or size

intransitive verb

1. : to become pure or clear

the ale will fine

2. : to become smaller in lines or proportions

VI. fi·ne ˈfē-(ˌ)nā noun

Etymology: Italian, from Latin finis end

Date: circa 1798

: end — used as a direction in music to mark the closing point after a repeat

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.