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
dénouementplay \ˌdā-ˌnü-ˈmäⁿ, dā-ˈnü-ˌ\
Origin and Etymology 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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