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.

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

Examples from the Web for finally

Contemporary Examples of finally

Historical Examples of finally

  • Finally his limbs straightened, and became perfectly rigid and motionless.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • Finally he disappeared, and, as it seems, embraced the profession of a sailor.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • He began to think busily, and finally resolved to go to the island and search for him.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • It flowed out into a large flat, and finally runs into a salt lake.

  • Finally they had been compelled to fire on them, but had not killed any.

British Dictionary definitions for finally



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