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finale

[fi-nal-ee, -nah-lee] /fɪˈnæl i, -ˈnɑ li/
noun
1.
the last piece, division, or movement of a concert, opera, or composition.
2.
the concluding part of any performance, course of proceedings, etc.; end.
Origin of finale
1715-1725
1715-25; < Italian, noun use of finale (adj.) < Latin fīnālis final
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  • Moreover, that particular fault is common to every composer who has written a finale since Mozart.

  • A frenzied explosion of yells, jests, and applause covered the finale.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • It consists of an air, nine variations and a finale which is in rondo form.

  • She glanced at him, with an adorable smile as a finale, so confident she had proven her case.

    The Bondwoman Marah Ellis Ryan
  • Sissy shut her lips firmly—and the wrong note she struck marred the doctor's finale.

    The Madigans Miriam Michelson
British Dictionary definitions for finale

finale

/fɪˈnɑːlɪ/
noun
1.
the concluding part of any performance or presentation
2.
the closing section or movement of a musical composition
Word Origin
C18: from Italian, n use of adj finale, from Latin fīnālisfinal
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Word Origin and History for finale
n.

1783, borrowed as a musical term from Italian finale "final," from Latin finalis (see final). From 1724 as an Italian word in English. Figurative use by 1810.

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