Simple Definition of denouement
: the final part of something (such as a book, a play, or a series of events)
Full Definition of denouement
1 : the final outcome of the main dramatic complication in a literary work
2 : the outcome of a complex sequence of events
Examples of denouement in a sentence
In the play's denouement, the two lovers kill themselves.
Variants of denouement
Origin of denouement
French dénouement, literally, untying, from Middle French desnouement, from desnouer to untie, from Old French desnoer, from des- de- + noer to tie, from Latin nodare, from nodus knot — more at node
First Known Use: 1705
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