1. pertaining to or coming at the end; last in place, order, or time: the final meeting of the year.
  2. ultimate: The final goal is world peace.
  3. conclusive or decisive: a final decision.
  4. constituting the end or purpose: a final result.
  5. pertaining to or expressing the end or purpose: a final clause.
  6. Law.
    1. precluding further controversy on the questions passed upon: The judicial determination of the Supreme Court is final.
    2. determining all issues presented, so that no further decision upon the merits of the issues is necessary: a final judgment or decree.
  7. Phonetics. occurring at the end of a word or syllable, as the (t) sound in bit or bite.


  1. that which is last; that which forms an end or termination.
  2. Often finals.
    1. the last and decisive game, match, contest, or round in a series, as in sports.
    2. the last, usually comprehensive, examination in a course of study.
  3. the last edition of a newspaper published on any day.
  4. Music. the tonic note of a church mode.


  1. of or occurring at the end; concluding; ultimate; last
  2. having no possibility for further discussion, action, or change; conclusive; decisivea final decree of judgment
  3. relating to or constituting an end or purposea final clause may be introduced by “in order to”
  4. phonetics at the end of a word“cat” has a final “t” Compare medial (def. 1), initial (def. 1)
  5. music another word for perfect (def. 9b)


  1. a terminal or last thing; end
  2. a deciding contest between the winners of previous rounds in a competition
  3. music the tonic note of a church mode

early 14c., from Old French final and directly from Latin finalis “of or pertaining to an end, concluding, final,” from finis “end” (see finish). As a noun, late 14c., “that which comes last;” meaning “final contest” in a sporting sense is from 1880. As a shortening of final examination, from 1880.

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