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coda

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noun co·da \ˈkō-də\

Simple Definition of coda

  • : an ending part of a piece of music or a work of literature or drama that is separate from the earlier parts

  • : something that ends and completes something else

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of coda

  1. 1 a :  a concluding musical section that is formally distinct from the main structure b :  a concluding part of a literary or dramatic work

  2. 2 :  something that serves to round out, conclude, or summarize and usually has its own interest

Examples of coda in a sentence

  1. The movie's coda shows the main character as an adult 25 years later.



Origin and Etymology of coda

Italian, literally, tail, from Latin cauda


First Known Use: circa 1753

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