• A final examination; a test or examination given at the end of a term or class; the test that concludes a class.
  • The last round, game or match in a contest, after which the winner is determined.
  • A contest that narrows a field of contestants 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.).
  • The final part of a syllable, the combination of medial and rime in phonetics and phonology.
  • The tonic or keynote of a Gregorian mode, and hence the final note of any conventional melody played in that mode.


  • Last; ultimate.
  • Conclusive; decisive.
  • Respecting an end or object to be gained; respecting the purpose or ultimate end in view.
  • Expressing purpose; as in the term final clause.
  • Word-final, occurring at the end of a word.


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  • From Middle English final, fynal, fynall, from Old French final, from Latin fīnālis, from fīnis; see fine. Replaced native English endly

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