co·​da | \ ˈkō-də How to pronounce coda (audio) \

Definition of coda

1a : a concluding musical section that is formally distinct from the main structure
b : a concluding part of a literary or dramatic work
2 : something that serves to round out, conclude, or summarize and usually has its own interest

Examples of coda in a Sentence

The movie's coda shows the main character as an adult 25 years later.
Recent Examples on the Web Bakr bin Laden’s recent travails offer a coda to the story of 9/11’s aftermath inside Saudi Arabia. Steve Coll, The New Yorker, 11 Sep. 2021 The trailer also suggests that The Matrix Resurrections may be the start of a new trilogy, rather than a coda to the existing one. Richard Newby, Vulture, 9 Sep. 2021 The island was a coda of sorts: a place of Christian pilgrimage since the death of a local mendicant, later canonized as St. Cuthbert, in 687. Henry Wismayer, Washington Post, 8 Sep. 2021 For American forces, the attacks were a gruesome coda to almost 20 years of warfare in Afghanistan — one of their heaviest losses, just days before they are set to leave the country. New York Times, 26 Aug. 2021 Overall, in a sad coda to the nearly 20-year, $2 trillion effort, just 36% of Americans say the war was worth fighting. Gary Langer, ABC News, 3 Sep. 2021 Almost 200 Afghans were killed in the same attack, in a devastating coda of carnage. New York Times, 30 Aug. 2021 That peaked last week when a suicide bomber struck Kabul airport, killing 13 U.S. service members and at least 113 Afghans — a grim coda to a chaotic evacuation effort. NBC News, 30 Aug. 2021 Producer Jimmy Miller famously played drums on the coda of the Exile on Main St. version, which was a top 10 Hot 100 hit as the album's first single. Gary Graff, Billboard, 24 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of coda

1740, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for coda

Italian, literally, tail, from Latin cauda

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21 Sep 2021

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“Coda.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners 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

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