fi·​na·​le | \ fə-ˈna-lē How to pronounce finale (audio) , fi-ˈnä- How to pronounce finale (audio) \

Definition of finale

: the close or termination of something: such as
a : the last section of an instrumental musical composition the symphony's finale
b : the closing part, scene, or number in a public performance the finale of the ballet In the finale, the singer sang an Italian classic.
c : the last and often climactic event or item in a sequence the TV show's season finale

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Examples of finale in a Sentence

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

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And, no piece of TV furniture has sacrificed more than the Iron Throne, melted down by Dany’s dragon in the series finale. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "Our definitive ranking of TV-show furniture, from the 'Friends' couch to the Iron Throne," 4 Sep. 2019 Brett Anderson will go in Thursday afternoon’s series finale against the Angels. Steve Kroner,, "A’s catcher Sean Murphy making MLB debut against Angels on Wednesday," 4 Sep. 2019 The Astros activated James from the injured list prior to Sunday’s series finale against the Blue Jays. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros reliever Josh James returns from injured list with renewed optimism," 1 Sep. 2019 Lady Rose Lady Rose crosses the Atlantic to attend Lady Edith's wedding in the series finale. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Where Did Downton Abbey Leave Off Before the Film?," 1 Sep. 2019 The streaming platform’s original offerings in September include the series finale of Transparent — staged as a musical — and the summer comedy Late Night, starring Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling. Rachel E. Greenspan, Time, "Here's Everything New on Amazon Prime Video in September 2019," 1 Sep. 2019 The season finale of the show's third season goes live on the streaming platform this Wednesday, August 28. Morena Duwe, Billboard, "Rael Jones Delivers Electronic Music to the 18th Century With His Score for Hulu's 'Harlots': Interview," 26 Aug. 2019 Maybe so, but the bullpen nearly made another mess after inheriting a one-run lead in the series finale. Steven Wine,, "Marlins killer Acuna hits 33rd HR, Braves extinguish Miami’s hopes to win series," 11 Aug. 2019 Who, if anyone, would be the next Gossip Girl, after the identity of the all-knowing spy was unveiled in the 2012 series finale? De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, ""Gossip Girl" Producer Josh Schwartz on What to Expect From the HBO Reboot," 27 July 2019

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First Known Use of finale

1774, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for finale

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

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English Language Learners Definition of finale

: the last part of something (such as a musical performance, play, etc.)


fi·​na·​le | \ fə-ˈna-lē How to pronounce finale (audio) \

Kids Definition of finale

: the close or end of something (as a musical work)

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