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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Typically the pedal steel guitar becomes the crying counterpart to the coda. Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle, "Mark Knopfler stops time in Sugar Land," 7 Sep. 2019 This elegiac doc would make for a much better career coda. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: David Crosby hoping for a little more time in elegiac doc ‘Remember My Name’," 2 Aug. 2019 This elegiac doc would make for a much better career coda. Los Angeles Times, "Review: David Crosby hoping for a little more time in elegiac doc ‘Remember My Name’," 18 July 2019 Tucked away in the back matter, there’s a tragic coda. Constance Grady, Vox, "Midnight Chicken is a cookbook that reads like a novel," 24 June 2019 This coda demonstrated that Stockhausen was not only a master of far-out spectacle but also a composer of impeccable craft. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "Karlheinz Stockhausen Composes the Cosmos," 17 June 2019 This elegiac doc would make for a much better career coda. Glenn Whipp, Twin Cities, "David Crosby hoping for a little more time in elegiac documentary ‘Remember My Name’," 1 Aug. 2019 The Piano Spheres event Saturday night in its usual venue, the Colburn School’s Zipper Hall, could be looked at as a kind of coda celebration to the series’ 25th season but was, in fact, the start of something new, a jazz sideline. Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: L.A. needs a summer music festival. Piano Spheres and Monday Evening Concerts show the way," 30 July 2019 The book concludes on a hopeful coda as Mehta shares the story of his brother-in-law’s successful campaign for office in a predominantly white district in North Carolina. Bilal Qureshi, Washington Post, "Immigration as reparation for colonialism, climate change and corporate greed," 21 June 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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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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to make a temporary encampment

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