Final vs finale

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Final and finale are two words that are close in spelling and pronunciation and may be considered confusables. We will examine the different meanings of the confusables final and finale, the word origins of the terms, and some examples of their English usage in sentences.

Final is an adjective or a noun that describes (1.)something that comes at the end of a series, (2.) something that happens at the end of a process or is the last, irrevocable outcome, (3.) the score at the end of a sporting event, (4.) the last iteration of an opinion that cannot be argued with any further, or (5.) the last test a student takes at the end of a course. The word final is derived the Latin word finalis, which means concluding.

Finale is the end of a piece of music, a performance, or a show. Usually, a finale is the most spectacular part of the piece in order to leave the audience with a feeling of wonder. The word finale is also derived from the Latin word finalis.


President Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden are barnstorming the Great Lakes states in the final days of the presidential election, with both candidates keenly aware that the region could once again hold the key to victory. (The Wall Street Journal)

Phil Mickelson has committed to the next week’s Vivint Houston Open, the final PGA Tour event before the November Masters. (USA Today)

While Dexter was widely praised throughout its eight seasons, earning critical acclaim and awards recognition, the finale is often cited as one of the worst in modern history. (Vanity Fair)

Raleigh’s two-time ambassador to “Big Brother” faced the eviction block Thursday night, in a live episode that determined which of the remaining contestants make it to the show’s finale next week. (The Raleigh News & Observer)