grand finale


Definition of grand finale

: a climactic finale (as of an opera)

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Examples of grand finale in a Sentence

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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In those cases, the crews will often work backwards through a scene, starting with the final wreckage and using additional cars to stage the driving that leads them to their grand finales. Eric Adams, Popular Mechanics, "How 'Shaft' Brought the 1971 Chevy Chevelle SS Into 2019," 14 June 2019 The summer lunch program capped off with a grand finale that included games, learning opportunities and food for kids and their families. Paul Cobler, Dallas News, "Once a small food pantry, Frisco Family Services has spent 25 years growing with the city," 15 Aug. 2019 Nelson was scheduled for 30 more shows, including a stop in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Friday and a grand finale at Thackerville, Oklahoma in November. Marianne Garvey, CNN, "Willie Nelson cancels tour due to breathing problem," 8 Aug. 2019 For a grand finale, the couple stared into one another’s eyes on a rooftop, and the photographer framed their silhouettes around the blood-orange sun, sinking behind them into the shimmering Aegean Sea. Jason Horowitz, New York Times, "The Bride, the Groom and the Greek Sunset: A Perfect Wedding Picture," 6 Aug. 2019 From a list of about 50 applicants, the five were chosen to pitch their businesses in the grand finale. Akira Kyles,, "Carroll Biz Challenge: Battleground gaming lounge aims for the big win," 8 Aug. 2019 In the past, the festival’s grand finale has been a six-hour marathon concert in the museum’s largest performance space, the Hunter Center. Zoë Madonna,, "Bang on a Can turns up the volume with LOUD Weekend at Mass MoCA," 3 Aug. 2019 The big night wasn’t complete until the party’s grand finale: a spectacular fireworks display over the water. Brianne Tracy,, "It's Her Party! Jennifer Lopez Celebrates Her 50th Birthday with a Lavish Star-Studded Miami Bash," 25 July 2019 The grand finale firework show will be launched at approximately 9:40 p.m. The event is free. Kristi Nix, Houston Chronicle, "Sugar Land’s ‘Red, White & Boom!’ boasts largest fireworks show in city’s history," 3 July 2019

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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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