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[fi-nal-ee, -nah-lee] /fɪˈnæl i, -ˈnɑ li/
the last piece, division, or movement of a concert, opera, or composition.
the concluding part of any performance, course of proceedings, etc.; end.
Origin of finale
1715-25; < Italian, noun use of finale (adj.) < Latin fīnālis final Unabridged
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  • A frenzied explosion of yells, jests, and applause covered the finale.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • She glanced at him, with an adorable smile as a finale, so confident she had proven her case.

    The Bondwoman Marah Ellis Ryan
  • It consists of an air, nine variations and a finale which is in rondo form.

  • finale to that festival where each guest might be safely merry.

    Man of Uz, and Other Poems Lydia Howard Sigourney
  • The ‘scene’ was over, and we all leaped to our feet to enact the finale.

    The Desert Home Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for finale


the concluding part of any performance or presentation
the closing section or movement of a musical composition
Word Origin
C18: from Italian, n use of adj finale, from Latin fīnālisfinal
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Word Origin and History for finale

1783, borrowed as a musical term from Italian finale "final," from Latin finalis (see final). From 1724 as an Italian word in English. Figurative use by 1810.

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