fi·​na·​le fə-ˈna-lē How to pronounce finale (audio) fi-ˈnä- How to pronounce finale (audio)
: the close or termination of something: such as
: the last section of an instrumental musical composition
the symphony's finale
: the closing part, scene, or number in a public performance
the finale of the ballet
In the finale, the singer sang an Italian classic.
: the last and often climactic event or item in a sequence
the TV show's season finale

Example Sentences

She sung a very difficult song for the finale. the finale to the festivities was a grand display of fireworks
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Word History


borrowed from Italian, noun derivative of finale, adjective, "last, final entry 1," going back to Latin fīnālis

First Known Use

1774, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of finale was in 1774

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Cite this Entry

“Finale.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

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fi·​na·​le fə-ˈnal-ē How to pronounce finale (audio) fi-ˈnäl- How to pronounce finale (audio)
: the close or end of something (as a musical work)

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