Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The concluding part, especially of a musical composition.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun The last piece on a program, as of a concert.
  • noun The last part, piece, or scene in any public performance or exhibition; any concluding act or performance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Mus.) The last movement of a symphony, sonata, concerto, or any instrumental composition.
  • noun The last composition performed in any act of an opera.
  • noun The closing part, piece, or scene in any public performance or exhibition.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The grand end of something, especially a show or piece of music.
  • noun narratology The chronological conclusion of a series of narrative works.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the temporal end; the concluding time
  • noun the concluding part of any performance
  • noun the closing section of a musical composition

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Italian, from Latin fīnālis, final; see final.]

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From Italian finale ("end"), from Late Latin finalis, from Latin finis

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