grand finale


Definition of grand finale

: a climactic finale (as of an opera)

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All of the performers came on stage for the opera's grand finale. the award for best picture is traditionally the evening's grand finale

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The latter made for an epic grand finale at the brand's Spring 2019 Haute Couture show. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Glow-in-the-Dark Heels Are Here to Make Your Childhood Dreams Come True," 22 Jan. 2019 And last night was the grand finale: an extravagant affair at Buckingham Palace. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Everything You Need to Know About Prince Charles’s Glamorous Birthday Party at Buckingham Palace," 15 Nov. 2018 Serving as the grand finale to the Pre-Fall 2019 show, Versace reissued the iconic gown in a new heart pattern. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Versace Recreated Two of Its Most Iconic Red Carpet Dresses on the Runway," 3 Dec. 2018 Installation view of ‘Dior: From Paris to the World’ at the Denver Art Museum Photo: James Florio/Denver Art Museum The grand finale reprises Dior’s imperial dream of dressing, or at least addressing, the world. WSJ, "‘Dior: From Paris to the World’ Review: Timelessly Elegant, Yet Avant-Garde," 27 Nov. 2018 There has never been a firework display, even the grandest of grand finales, that is worth permanent disability. Michael Rivlin,, "Philly hand surgeons on devastating fireworks injuries: 'There is nothing left to fix'," 4 July 2018 Though this grand finale backs up that idea, Camille is absolutely in danger too—psychologically, if not physically, as her latest run-in with her mother makes clear. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sharp Objects Episode 4: Something's Rotten in Wind Gap," 30 July 2018 Norton topped it off with the grand finale: Rihanna holding an entire bottle of wine. Tess Kornfeld, Glamour, "A Talk Show Host Just Called Out Rihanna on Her Iconic Wine Glass Heists," 16 June 2018 The crew fired the pyrotechnics from 18 different locations around the track, and the show's highlight was a 90-second grand finale. Edgar Thompson,, "Patriotism gets big boost at Daytona," 8 July 2018

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First Known Use of grand finale

1784, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of grand finale

: a very exciting or impressive ending of a performance or show

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