[fi-nal-ee, -nah-lee]


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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for finale

Contemporary Examples of finale

Historical Examples of finale

  • A frenzied explosion of yells, jests, and applause covered the finale.


    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 for finale

C18: from Italian, n use of adj finale, from Latin fīnālis final
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper