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.
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First Known Use of coda

circa 1753, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for coda

Italian, literally, tail, from Latin cauda

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8 Sep 2020

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“Coda.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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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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