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Jun 3, 2005
This week's theme
Words from music

This week's words
bravura
crescendo
gamut
coda
finale

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with Anu Garg

finale

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finale (fi-NAL-ee) noun

The last section of a piece of music, the final scene of a drama, or the concluding part of a performance or event.

[From Italian, from Latin finalis (last), from finis (end) that's also the source of such words as final, finish, finance, define, and fine.]

See more usage examples of finale in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

"The monstrous reality-dating series had apparently wrapped last week in a finale that saw transparent bachelor Preston break Rachel's heart by choosing P.J. as his life mate."
Andrew Ryan; Ken Burns, Julie Andrews And Other Roadside Stuff; The Globe and Mail (Toronto, Canada); Jul 12, 2004.

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It's impossible to be loyal to your family, your friends, your country, and your principles, all at the same time. -Mignon McLaughlin, journalist and author (1913-1983)

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