[ fahyn-l-ee ]
/ ˈfaɪn l i /


at the final point or moment; in the end.
in a final manner; conclusively or decisively.
at last; eventually; after considerable delay: After three tries, he finally passed his driving test.

Nearby words

  1. finalise,
  2. finalism,
  3. finalist,
  4. finality,
  5. finalize,
  6. finals,
  7. finance,
  8. finance bill,
  9. finance charge,
  10. finance company

Origin of finally

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at final, -ly Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for finally


/ (ˈfaɪnəlɪ) /


after a long delay; at last; eventually
at the end or final point; lastly
completely; conclusively; irrevocably

sentence connector

in the end; lastlyfinally, he put his tie on
as the last or final point: linking what follows with the previous statements, as in a speech or argument
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Word Origin and History for finally



late 14c., fynaly, from final + -ly (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper