Definitions

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

  • n. The end; the conclusion: setbacks that wrote finis to our venture.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An end (of a book etc.)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An end; conclusion. It is often placed at the end of a book.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The end; conclusion: a word occasionally, and in former times commonly, placed at the end of a book.

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

  • n. the concluding part of any performance
  • n. the temporal end; the concluding time

Etymologies

Middle English, from Latin fīnis.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • May it not be that, in this generation, the word "finis" is being written to that conception which characterized the 18th and 19th centuries, and may we not he at the beginning of the new and different era of human history?

    The World Crisis and the Outlook

  • In all things the word finis must be written in good season; self-control must be exercised when the matter becomes urgent; the bolt must be drawn on appetite; one must set one's own fantasy to the violin, and carry one's self to the post.

    Les Miserables, Volume I, Fantine

  • I wrote the word finis at the end of the sixty-eighth strip about a week ago.

    The Count of Monte Cristo

  • Duchess is disgraced -- all the characters stand in the well-defined semicircle which is the stage method of writing the word "finis" -- Mrs. Yates speaks a very neat and pointed "tag" -- and that's all.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, October 30, 1841

  • In all things the word finis must be written in good season; self-control must be exercised when the matter becomes urgent; the bolt must be drawn on appetite; one must set one’s own fantasy to the violin, and carry one’s self to the post.

    Les Miserables

  • Venianius ad alias finis divisioncs, qu» s rcn judico fore inutiles pro argumento prapsenti.

    Tractatus theologicus de charitate, in quo expenditur systema J.V. Bolgenj de amore Dei. Accedit ...

  • From title to "finis" the book abounds in wit and humor which will make you scream as loud as the eagle on the cover.

    Games For All Occasions

  • This was the work with which our battalion, and others, had been occupied and was just about completed when, true to their word, the Heinies started in, systematically, to write "finis" for Dickebusch.

    The Emma Gees

  • For if genuinely unfit, the fact was speedily demonstrated; whereas if merely shamming, discovery overtook him with a certainty that wrote "finis" to his last hope.

    The Press-Gang Afloat and Ashore

  • The book is of special interest to girls, but when a grown-up gets hold of it there follows a one-session under the reading lamp with "finis" at the end.

    Red-Robin

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