fine Definition

  • 1of high quality or purity
  • 2satisfactory or acceptable in quality, quantity, or degree
  • 3a sum of money exacted as a penalty by a court of law or other authority

Using fine: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "fine" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The fine print in the contract is important to read.

  • Example

    The wine has a fine aroma and flavor.

  • Example

    The weather is fine today.

  • Example

    I'm feeling fine after my check-up at the doctor's office.

  • Example

    He was fined $100 for speeding.

  • Example

    She had to pay a fine for not returning the library book on time.

fine Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using fine

  • fine and dandy

    everything is going well or satisfactorily


    A: How are you doing? B: Oh, just fine and dandy, thanks for asking.

  • a difficult or awkward situation


    The car broke down on the way to the airport, and now we're going to miss our flight. What a fine kettle of fish!

  • a very small or subtle difference between two things


    There's a fine line between being confident and being arrogant.

Phrases with fine

  • creative art, especially visual art, whose products are to be appreciated primarily or solely for their imaginative, aesthetic, or intellectual content


    The museum has a collection of fine art from around the world.

  • the part of a contract or agreement that contains important details and conditions, often printed in small letters


    Be sure to read the fine print before signing the contract.

  • pleasant or good weather conditions


    We decided to have a picnic because it was such fine weather outside.

Origins of fine

from Old French 'fin', meaning 'end, conclusion, boundary'


Summary: fine in Brief

The term 'fine' [faɪn] can be used as an adjective to describe high quality or purity, satisfactory or acceptable quality, or as a noun to refer to a sum of money exacted as a penalty. Examples include 'The wine has a fine aroma and flavor.' and 'He was fined $100 for speeding.' 'Fine' also appears in phrases like 'fine print,' which refers to important details in a contract, and idioms like 'fine and dandy,' meaning everything is going well.

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