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Middle English (in the adjectival sense 'conclusive'): from Old French, or from Latin finalis, from finis 'end'. Compare with finish
Do not confuse final with finale. Final means 'coming at the end; last' or 'the last game in a series, to decide the overall winner' (the World Cup final), whereas finale means 'the last part of a piece of music, an entertainment, or a public event' (the festival ended with a grand finale).