[fi-nal-ee, -nah-lee]
the last piece, division, or movement of a concert, opera, or composition.
the concluding part of any performance, course of proceedings, etc.; end.

1715–25; < Italian, noun use of finale (adj.) < Latin fīnālis final Unabridged
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finale (fɪˈnɑːlɪ)
1.  the concluding part of any performance or presentation
2.  the closing section or movement of a musical composition
[C18: from Italian, n use of adj finale, from Latin fīnālisfinal]

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Word Origin & History

1783, borrowed as a musical term from It. finale "final," from L. finalis "final," from finis "end" (see finish).
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in music, the last and, as a rule, lively movement of a multimovement instrumental work, or the culminating section of an operatic act or scene, usually involving a vocal ensemble rather than a single singer. During the musical era dominated by Viennese Classicism (c. 1770-1820), solo concerti tended to end with movements in rondo form, while the finales of symphonic and chamber works, eventually solo sonatas as well, increasingly complied with the sonata-allegro principle. Beginning with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's last two symphonies (Nos. 40 and 41, 1788) and reaching its highest expression in numerous works of Ludwig van Beethoven, the finale attained a structural significance that had previously been reserved for the opening movement, to the extent that, instead of providing merely an agreeable conclusion, it contained the ultimate thematic resolution of a large-scale instrumental drama

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Example sentences
Below is a montage of scenes from the series finale.
The book subsides in the end into a pile of aphorisms, but this is not a
  displeasing finale.
The fireworks were absolutely gorgeous, and the finale was quite dramatic.
Burn the mouth, warm the stomach and burn again as they make their exit in a
  grande finale.
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