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 Police with shields used tear gas and an armored vehicle to contain the crowd and make more arrests, putting an adversarial coda on what had been a peaceful foray into the North Shore. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A few of the dozens arrested during weekend protests charged with felonies; system slowly assessing the rest," 2 June 2020 Now, in oddly fitting coda to the case, Baskin has been awarded the zoo formerly owned by Exotic, her sworn enemy. oregonlive, "Joe Exotic’s ‘Tiger King’ zoo awarded to Carole Baskin, the rival he allegedly tried to have killed," 2 June 2020 Many recent demonstrations have ended with a sad, predictable coda in which residents of all ages come into the streets to heckle and scream at police officers., "Wilkie Ng Wai-kei, chairman of the Hong Kong Police Inspectors’ Association, said that the “methods that the Hong Kong police have used in the past four months have not been effective in stopping the violent rioters.”," 4 Oct. 2019 Its urban soundscape is uncluttered and unhurried, floating in the midrange over a simple beat, and its long wordless coda launches an extended synthesizer line to soar overhead. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "Florian Schneider’s 10 Essential Songs, in Kraftwerk and Beyond," 7 May 2020 Mattingly’s music, which draws inspiration from Dante Alighieri’s La Vita Nuova, divides into three main sections, followed by a coda. Tim Diovanni, Dallas News, "The Davin-Levin Duo’s relaxing debut album, ‘Banter,’ couldn’t have come at a better time," 22 Apr. 2020 With more than a week, there are two compelling codas to consider. Brandon Presser, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Visit Uzbekistan, A Country Undergoing a Tourism Renaissance," 24 Feb. 2020 Perhaps the quintessential coda to a big meal is an amaro. Washington Post, "With dessert wine, turn the end of your meal into a grand finale," 13 Dec. 2019 Rawlings should be given time and room to enjoy the coda to his career. Edward Lee,, "As Kurt Rawlings set records at Yale, his mother battled breast cancer. But she never missed one of his games.," 28 Nov. 2019

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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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“Coda.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 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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