- pertaining to or coming at the end; last in place, order, or time: the final meeting of the year.
- ultimate: The final goal is world peace.
- conclusive or decisive: a final decision.
- constituting the end or purpose: a final result.
- pertaining to or expressing the end or purpose: a final clause.
- precluding further controversy on the questions passed upon: The judicial determination of the Supreme Court is final.
- determining all issues presented, so that no further decision upon the merits of the issues is necessary: a final judgment or decree.
- Phonetics. occurring at the end of a word or syllable, as the (t) sound in bit or bite.
- that which is last; that which forms an end or termination.
- Often finals.
- the last and decisive game, match, contest, or round in a series, as in sports.
- the last, usually comprehensive, examination in a course of study.
- the last edition of a newspaper published on any day.
- Music. the tonic note of a church mode.
Origin of final
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Examples from the Web for finals
These days, Tirico announces everything from the World Cup to the NBA Finals to the crown jewel, Monday Night Football.ESPN: The Worldwide Leader in Pricks
July 29, 2014
Ahead of the finals, more fans are doctoring photos of the two pontiffs wearing national team colored skullcaps.Pope Francis v. Pope Benedict: Who Will God Favor In World Cup Final?
Barbie Latza Nadeau
July 10, 2014
At just 22 years, 350 days, he was the third youngest NBA Finals MVP in history behind Magic Johnson and his teammate, Tim Duncan.Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard Is Named NBA Finals MVP on Father’s Day, Six Years After His Dad’s Murder
June 16, 2014
Jean-Marie Le Pen was crushed in the 2002 finals by a margin of more than five to one.The Seductive Madame Le Pen
January 9, 2014
So we hatched a plan to meet after the finals in Pamplona, Spain, for the running of the bulls.A Young Chef Travels to Calabria, Italy, and Learns the Old Ways of Cooking
November 28, 2013
Among the three who had reached the finals was their guest of the previous evening.
The other two riders who had reached the finals were both experts in the saddle.
Every week my finals and initials are held in many large towns.Chatterbox, 1906
My initials form a country in Europe, and my finals one of its lakes.Little Folks (November 1884)
If I passed with higher credit in the preliminaries than in the finals, there are two reasons.Story of My Life
- the deciding part or parts of a sports or other competition
- education the last examination series in an academic or professional course
- of or occurring at the end; concluding; ultimate; last
- having no possibility for further discussion, action, or change; conclusive; decisivea final decree of judgment
- relating to or constituting an end or purposea final clause may be introduced by ``in order to''
- phonetics at the end of a word``cat'' has a final ``t'' Compare medial (def. 1), initial (def. 1)
- music another word for perfect (def. 9b)
- a terminal or last thing; end
- a deciding contest between the winners of previous rounds in a competition
- music the tonic note of a church mode
Word Origin and History for finals
short for final exams, by 1890.
early 14c., from Old French final and directly from Latin finalis "of or pertaining to an end, concluding, final," from finis "end" (see finish). As a noun, late 14c., "that which comes last;" meaning "final contest" in a sporting sense is from 1880. As a shortening of final examination, from 1880.