- 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.
- 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.
- fin. sec.,
- final cause,
- final cut,
- final four,
- final host,
- final judgment
Origin of final
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.
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|Marlow Stern|June 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Jean-Marie Le Pen was crushed in the 2002 finals by a margin of more than five to one.
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|Curtis Stone|November 28, 2013|DAILY BEAST
We were doing what much of America was doing that night, watching the NBA Finals, Knicks versus Rockets.
My initials form a country in Europe, and my finals one of its lakes.Little Folks (November 1884)|Various
The initials and finals, read downward, spell the names of two powerful countries.
At Bryn Mawr finals were over and the "'Varsity" had been picked, so that all excitement was now centred in the alumn game.A Book of Bryn Mawr Stories|Marian T. MacIntosh
We got together at his office in the Board of Trade building to play off the finals with the bull crowd.Old Gorgon Graham|George Horace Lorimer
When the coffee came on, America's representative in the finals attempted to explain his defeat.Fore!|Charles Emmett Van Loan
Word Origin for final
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.
see in the final analysis.