If you decide to leave the theater early to beat traffic, you’ll miss the finale — the exciting final part of a theatrical performance.

Perhaps to ensure that audience members stay until the end, many musical and theatrical pieces end with an elaborate flourish known as the finale. (If it’s truly spectacular, it might even be called a “grand finale.”) Appropriately, the pronunciation of finale contains a final flourish that you just can’t miss: the letter e, which you might expect to be silent, is pronounced. The last two syllables of finale rhyme with alley.

Definitions of finale
  1. noun
    the closing section of a musical composition
    synonyms: coda
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    type of:
    close, closing, conclusion, end, ending
    the last section of a communication
  2. noun
    the concluding part of any performance
    synonyms: close, closing curtain, finis
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    type of:
    finish, finishing
    the act of finishing
  3. noun
    the temporal end; the concluding time
    synonyms: close, conclusion, finis, finish, last, stopping point
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    type of:
    end, ending
    the point in time at which something ends
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