co·​da ˈkō-də How to pronounce coda (audio)
: a concluding musical section that is formally distinct from the main structure
: a concluding part of a literary or dramatic work
: something that serves to round out, conclude, or summarize and usually has its own interest

Example Sentences

The movie's coda shows the main character as an adult 25 years later.
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Word History


Italian, literally, tail, from Latin cauda

First Known Use

1740, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of coda was in 1740

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“Coda.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

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co·​da ˈkōd-ə How to pronounce coda (audio)
: a closing section in a musical composition

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