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Build your vocabulary with Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day! Each day a Merriam-Webster editor offers insight into a fascinating new word -- explaining its meaning, current use, and little-known details about its origin.

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finesse

February 23rd, 2017

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for February 23, 2017 is: finesse \fuh-NESS\ verb 1 : to make a finesse in playing cards : to play (a card) in a finesse 2 a : to bring about, direct, or manage by adroit maneuvering b : evade, skirt Examples: "No author can finessewry, homespun humor better than Fannie Flagg …, whose main claim to literary...

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mayhap

February 22nd, 2017

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for February 22, 2017 is: mayhap \MAY-hap\ adverb : possibly but not certainly : perhaps Examples: "The very footmen sometimes grinned too broadly, the maidservants giggled mayhap too loud, and a provoking air of intelligence seemed to pervade the whole family." — Sir Walter Scott, Waverly, 1814 "Mayhap this...

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distaff

February 21st, 2017

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for February 21, 2017 is: distaff \DISS-taff\ adjective 1 a : related through a mother b : inherited or derived from the female parent 2 : female Examples: "Lord Robert Walsingham de Vere St. Simon, second son of the Duke of Balmoral.… The Duke, his father, was at one time Secretary for Foreign Affairs. They...

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onus

February 20th, 2017

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for February 20, 2017 is: onus \OH-nuss\ noun 1 : burden 2 : a disagreeable necessity : obligation 3 : blame 4 : stigma Examples: Management has made it clear that the onus is on employees to ask for further training if they don't understand the new procedures. "I feel very fortunate that I never got into...