noun \ˈkō-də\

: 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

Full Definition of CODA

a :  a concluding musical section that is formally distinct from the main structure
b :  a concluding part of a literary or dramatic work
:  something that serves to round out, conclude, or summarize and usually has its own interest

Examples of CODA

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

Origin of CODA

Italian, literally, tail, from Latin cauda
First Known Use: circa 1753

Other Literature Terms

apophasis, bathos, bildungsroman, bowdlerize, caesura, doggerel, euphemism, poesy, prosody

Rhymes with CODA


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