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[fin-is, fee-nee, fahy-nis] /ˈfɪn ɪs, fiˈni, ˈfaɪ nɪs/
end; conclusion.
Origin of finis
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English (< F) < Latin fīnis; see fine1

finis coronat opus

[fee-nis-koh-roh-naht-oh-poo s; English fin-is kaw-roh-nat oh-puh s, koh-] /ˈfi nɪs koʊˈroʊ nɑtˈoʊ pʊs; English ˈfɪn ɪs kɔˈroʊ næt ˈoʊ pəs, koʊ-/
the end crowns the work. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for finis
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  • To crown this chapter then, tho in the last place, (for so finis coronat opus) we reserve the bay tree.

    Sylva, Vol. 1 (of 2) John Evelyn
  • Needless to say that rat was "na-poo," which is soldier-French, meaning "finis."

    The Emma Gees Herbert Wes McBride
  • What great scholar is this same finis, because his name is to almost every book?

    The Handbook of Conundrums Edith B. Ordway
  • I had set "finis" to that chapter; was fate minded to overrule me and write more?

    Simon Dale Anthony Hope
  • Benevolent and forbearing readers, this unassuming tale is near its finis.

    A Bayard From Bengal Hurry Bungsho Jabberjee
  • When I came away it was like closing a book and writing 'finis.'

    The Rhodesian Gertrude Page
  • This Rex certainly must be a relation of the great author finis, who wrote all books!

  • Were this an artistic story, here, of course, one would write “finis.”

    Tommy and Co. Jerome K. Jerome
  • So the Poison Oakers had fought it out, and in so doing appended "finis" to the annals of their gang.

    The Heritage of the Hills Arthur P. Hankins
  • It is said that he exclaimed, on seeing all hopes at an end, "finis Poloniæ!"

British Dictionary definitions for finis


the end; finish: used at the end of books, films, etc
Word Origin
C15: from Latin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for finis

Latin, literally "the end" (see finish (v.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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