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The finale of Beethoven’s ninth symphony is called Ode to Joy.
  the final part of a series of events — especially of a performance


the final part of a musical composition
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  • The finale of Beethoven’s ninth symphony is called Ode to Joy.
  • The grand finale of the fireworks show was astounding.
  • Are you watching the season finale of American Idol?
  • This wretched note was the finale of Emma’s breakfast.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma

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  • how she poured out the finale of the opera
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • The finale concluded, the dancers promenaded the room,
    Charles Dickens  --  The Posthumous Papers Of The Pickwick Club
  • A culinary orchestra tuning up, clattering vigorously toward the finale, a cake pan drumrolling along the floor, hitting the wall with a cymballic crash.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • The grand finale was the eight of them cluttered onstage dancing.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • At the end, like always, they have a thing they call the "grand finale," when they just go nuts and light off everything at once and it sounds like World War III, whizzing and banging and popping, and there’s so much hot stuff falling from the sky you can hear it sizzling in the pond.
    Rodman Philbrick  --  Freak the Mighty
  • And now here you are, in a front-row seat for the finale, a special sneak peek into the future.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave

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  • In the finale, he marries the young, beautiful woman he loves, in front of a crowd of cheering people.
    Lemony Snicket  --  The Bad Beginning
  • The boy’s murder and the "rescue" proved to be a valuable finale.
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • Oh, yes, they will; only listen to that charming finale.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • So that it seemed as if the slow rhythm of the rising fields had been picked up, stressed, accelerated and broken into the staccato chords of the finale.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Then the assembled company would sing, "Maycomb County, Maycomb County, we will aye be true to thee," as the grand finale, and Mrs. Merriweather would mount the stage with the state flag.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • The finale was of great importance, a source of private joy.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • And the finale—it won’t make up for missing the Spec, but it’s something.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • I thought this was the grand finale, but no, June switched over to the piano and banged out a jazzed-up version of "Go Tell It on the Mountain."
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • And there was a lot of spluttering and coughing when we attempted Chief Taylor’s finale, which was to dump boat, right it again, stow the oars correctly, and then swim the boat back in through the surf and onto the beach.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • Four more changes, four more trips, a grand finale, and this would be over.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
  • Although he couldn’t see what was happening, when he heard the shocking finale, he was thankful he had been spared the visual.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • This wretched note was the finale of Emma’s breakfast.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • The lady said "Indeed!" yawned, and looked out the cabin window, and finally repeated, for a finale, the remark with which she had begun,—"After all, I think they are better off than they would be to be free."
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • I got to pretend that I was singing, and I got to dance around, and I got to wear a "feather boa" in the grande finale, which I wouldn’t have thought anything of because it’s part of the show, but Patrick couldn’t stop talking about it.
    Stephen Chbosky  --  The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • The finale was supposed to be a couple of hundred-foot-tall Spartan warriors who would crackle to life above the ocean, fight a battle, then explode into a million colors.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • That’s the finale.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • Silence all round marked the termination of his finale.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • I did not sleep at all that night: if the Germans were going to defend the ruins of Warsaw, the street fighting would begin at any moment and I could be killed as the finale to all my earlier tribulations.
    Wladyslaw Szpilman  --  The Pianist
  • It was too late now not to follow this make-believe carpet to its plywood finale, and I did not yet know of any truer destination.
    Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston & James D. Houston  --  Farewell to Manzanar
  • She clapped the erasers on the brick wall, on the stone walk and, as a finale, behind her back.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • _’ This English finale passed unnoticed; but all were touched.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • As May wanes, the whole senior class seems locked in a fitful finale, taking the final tally of dismal achievement and stunted opportunity into the hot summer.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • This was the sad finale of every reflection: and Captain Tilney’s letter would certainly come in his absence; and Wednesday she was very sure would be wet.
    Jane Austen  --  Northanger Abbey
  • Although he had been tearing along like house afire a few seconds ago, anxious to get Ian, Geoffrey, and the ever-amusing Hezekiah caught in the Bourkas ambush so that the entire party could be transported to the caves behind the face of the idol for the rousing finale, he was suddenly tired.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • He took it up in his hands and looked at it as at a picture, a vision, a vista of past enactments; and then he read it as an unimportant finale to conjecture.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • And then the grand finale, the moment they have all been waiting for.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • There must be some conclusion, some finale.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • The finale of this baby was going to be a thousand on the Richter scale.
    D.J. Machale  --  The Merchant of Death
  • —BELLE BLOCK IN WESLACO, TEXAS, at about the time the Bond Tour was looping back east for its triumphal finale, Ed and Belle Block were packing their belongings for a private journey west.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • Seabiscuit was screaming to run, and the $10,000 San Juan Capistrano, the stakes finale of the Santa Anita winter meeting, was the perfect spot.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • As the time went on, and the old Jew drove him leisurely but surely along the dark road, he felt more and more eager for the grand finale of this exciting chase after the mysterious Scarlet Pimpernel.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • It seems that on certain occasions, perhaps at the end of the evening, the spectacle, as a grand finale or perhaps as a matter of sheer deadly forethought toward the retention of supremacy, domination, he would enter the ring with one of the negroes himself.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!
  • In the finale she fell into some of those grotesque attitudes which were at the time popular among the dancers in the theatres up-town, giving to the Bowery public the phantasies of the aristocratic theatre-going public, at reduced rates.
    Stephen Crane  --  Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
  • Maybe it was the architectural perfection of the mountains—the broad set-backs and buttresses of maroon and ochre granite that built, with symphonic intensity, toward the lone soaring finale of their peaks—but despite his weakened state, his lack of food and warm clothing, his poor odds of surviving if he didn’t find some of both sometime soon, Mortenson felt strangely content.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • "I feel like a gynecologist looking at this mess," Tradd said as the act continued toward its wild, concupiscent finale.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • It was all a bit overwhelming, a definite change from the show of last year, which consisted of one lone ficus tree that the models walked by, posed around, and then pulled to the edge of the stage for the big finale, where they threw its leaves on the audience to symbolize fall.
    Sarah Dessen  --  That Summer
  • …her first youth and beauty, and certainly too stout; when she came on in the last scene of the Sonnambula, for instance, in her night-chemise with a lamp in her hand, and had to go out of the window, and pass over the plank of the mill, it was all she could do to squeeze out of the window, and the plank used to bend and creak again under her weight—but how she poured out the finale of the opera! and with what a burst of feeling she rushed into Elvino’s arms—almost fit to smother him!
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • …will be healed and made up for, that all the humiliating absurdity of human contradictions will vanish like a pitiful mirage, like the despicable fabrication of the impotent and infinitely small Euclidian mind of man, that in the world’s finale, at the moment of eternal harmony, something so precious will come to pass that it will suffice for all hearts, for the comforting of all resentments, for the atonement of all the crimes of humanity, of all the blood they’ve shed; that it will…
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • …sheriff, representing a borough in three successive parliaments, exertions of loyalty, and dignity of baronet, in the first year of Charles II, with all the Marys and Elizabeths they had married; forming altogether two handsome duodecimo pages, and concluding with the arms and motto:—"Principal seat, Kellynch Hall, in the county of Somerset," and Sir Walter’s handwriting again in this finale:— "Heir presumptive, William Walter Elliot, Esq., great grandson of the second Sir Walter."
    Jane Austen  --  Persuasion
  • At the finale they actually stood up for him.
    J.D. Robb  --  Immortal in Death
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