grand finale


: a climactic finale (as of an opera)

Example Sentences

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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Word History

First Known Use

1784, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of grand finale was in 1784

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“Grand finale.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jun. 2023.

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