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

n the closing section of a musical composition

Type of:
close, closing, conclusion, end, ending
the last section of a communication

n the concluding part of any performance

close, closing curtain, finis
Type of:
finish, finishing
the act of finishing

n the temporal end; the concluding time

close, conclusion, finis, finish, last, stopping point
Type of:
end, ending
the point in time at which something ends

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