from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The concluding part, especially of a musical composition.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The grand end of something, especially a show or piece of music.
- n. The chronological conclusion of a series of narrative works.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The last movement of a symphony, sonata, concerto, or any instrumental composition.
- n. The last composition performed in any act of an opera.
- n. The closing part, piece, or scene in any public performance or exhibition.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In music: The concluding section of a piece in rondo form, or of an act of a dramatic work, like an opera, especially if so managed as to produce an impressive climax. Operatic finales are usually concerted pieces for several soloists and a chorus.
- n. The last piece on a program, as of a concert.
- n. The last part, piece, or scene in any public performance or exhibition; any concluding act or performance.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the temporal end; the concluding time
- n. the concluding part of any performance
- n. the closing section of a musical composition
Italian, from Latin fīnālis, final; see final.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian finale ("end"), from Late Latin finalis, from Latin finis (Wiktionary)