Definition of coda
1a : a concluding musical section that is formally distinct from the main structureb : 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 of coda from the Web
The victory provided Ryan a nice coda to a day that also saw him deliver what his office billed as his first major address on a tax code overhaul.
A quick coda: The last count of the obstruction of justice article again condemned the president for lying — but to the public.
In the rhapsodic coda, Potter's phrases soared over a swirl of instrumental sound.
Would this be a dramatic coda for history's sake, or a disappointing remake of what was?
But that’s not the end of the story, which has a melancholy coda in Greece.
Regardless of the winner, the specter of a June court date for Mr. Gianforte on a misdemeanor assault charge was an unwelcome coda for Republicans at a difficult moment.
Despite all this, Lieberman strikes an optimistic coda that feels not false but inspirational.
Gibbons sometimes oversteps his convoluted construct, leaving us scratching our heads about motive and meaning, while his closing metaphor ends the play on an arcane note when a more heartfelt coda would be welcome.
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Origin and Etymology of coda
Italian, literally, tail, from Latin cauda
First Known Use: circa 1753See Words from the same year
CODA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of coda for English Language Learners
: 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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