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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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 See Larosa’s Balloon Glow featuring over 30 hot and cold air balloons, live entertainment and grand finale fireworks display, Families may take advantage of Coney’s rides and attractions at additional cost. Jeanne Houck,, "Independence Day: A blast in the 'burbs," 26 June 2018 The '50s-themed skit got off to a smooth start with plenty of grotesque sword swallowing, but the grand finale definitely did not go as planned. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Watch an "America's Got Talent" Contestant Get Shot With a Flaming Arrow in the Throat," 3 Aug. 2016 Here are some of the activities kids (and adults) have to look forward to: Kids don't have to worry about the climbing structure that was the grand finale of Kohl's Healthy Kids exhibit going away. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Science CITY opens at Betty Brinn Children's Museum," 5 July 2018 The skyshow will be the grand finale of Ramona Rotary Club’s 26th Annual July 4th Family Picnic and Fireworks. Ramona Sentinel, "Independence Day to start with parade, end with fireworks," 27 June 2018 Long associated with fresh starts and opportunities for change, this lunar phase is considered a spiritual reset button (if the full moon is a fireworks display's grand finale, the new moon is the match that lights the first sparkler)., "The New Moon This Thursday Will Be A Double Whammy," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of grand finale

1784, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of grand finale was in 1784

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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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