• enPR: fī'nəl, IPA: /ˈfaɪ.nəl/, [-nəɫ]

final (plural finals)

  1. (US, Canada) A final examination; a test or examination given at the end of a term or class; the test that concludes a class.
  2. (sports) The last round, game or match in a contest, after which the winner is determined.
  3. A contest that narrows a field of contestants (finalists) to ranked positions, usually in numbered places (1st place/prize, 2nd place/prize, etc.) or a winner and numbered runners-up (1st runner-up, etc.).
  4. (phonology) The final part of a syllable, the combination of medial and rime in phonetics and phonology.
  5. (music) The tonic or keynote of a Gregorian mode, and hence the final note of any conventional melody played in that mode.
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  • Russian: фина́ль


  1. Last; ultimate.
    final solution;   the final day of a school term
    • 1671, John Milton, Samson Agonistes
      Yet despair not of his final pardon.
  2. Conclusive; decisive.
    a final judgment;   the battle of Waterloo brought the contest to a final issue
  3. Respecting an end or object to be gained; respecting the purpose or ultimate end in view.
  4. (grammar) Expressing purpose; as in the term final clause.
  5. (linguistics) Word-final, occurring at the end of a word.
    • 1892, Walter Besant, “Prologue: Who is Edmund Gray?”, in The Ivory Gate: A Novel, New York, N.Y.: Harper & Brothers, […], OCLC 16832619 ↗:
      Thus, when he drew up instructions in lawyer language, he expressed the important words by an initial, a medial, or a final consonant, and made scratches for all the words between; his clerks, however, understood him very well.
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  • German: End-, Schluss-, Auslaut-
  • Portuguese: final
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