[fin-is, fee-nee, fahy-nis]


end; conclusion.

Origin of finis

1425–75; late Middle English (< F) < Latin fīnis; see fine1

finis coronat opus

[fee-nis-koh-roh-naht-oh-poo s; English fin-is kaw-roh-nat oh-puh s, koh-]


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

Examples from the Web for finis

Historical Examples of finis

  • Needless to say that rat was "na-poo," which is soldier-French, meaning "finis."

    The Emma Gees

    Herbert Wes McBride

  • I had set "Finis" to that chapter; was fate minded to overrule me and write more?

    Simon Dale

    Anthony Hope

  • I will write a bold "Finis" at the end, and shut the book with a bang!

  • It seems, however, that they had not come to the real, sure-enough Finis.

    Ade's Fables

    George Ade

  • When I came away it was like closing a book and writing 'Finis.'

    The Rhodesian

    Gertrude Page

British Dictionary definitions for finis



the end; finish: used at the end of books, films, etc

Word Origin for finis

C15: from Latin
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Word Origin and History for finis

Latin, literally "the end" (see finish (v.)).

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