Words at Play : In the Details: Architecture Terms Worth Looking At

#9: Finial

Definition:

an ornament usually decorated with a leaf pattern that forms an upper extremity (as of a pinnacle or gable) especially in Gothic architecture

About the Word:

Finial developed as an alteration of the word final. Finials are not restricted to outdoors; the decorative knob atop a lampshade is also called a finial.

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