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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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 Even the vaguely unfinished ending, less a full stop than a sort of pregnant pause, feels somehow right; a fitting coda to her spare, eerie marvel of novel, both beautifully familiar and profoundly strange. Leah Greenblatt,, "Motherhood meets the sci-fi surreal in Helen Phillips' brilliant The Need," 9 July 2019 Even so, roughly 30 episodes into a series that began as a revelation but has since become a chore, Atwood’s coda underlines how inert the TV show’s structure is compared to that of the book. Time, "The Handmaid's Tale Could Be So Much Better. But First It Has to Leave Its Star Behind," 26 June 2019 Season three isn't even trying to serve as a coda for the Marvel/Netflix Defenders series as a whole—another wise decision by Rosenberg. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Review: Jessica Jones S3 is flawed but packs a powerful payoff in the end," 24 June 2019 Outfielder Joey Rickard only just went down to Triple-A Norfolk last week and could easily return, while Anthony Santander and Cedric Mullins are also candidates at Triple-A. Smith's injury was a sobering coda to a week that didn't exactly need one. Jon Meoli,, "Orioles' Dwight Smith Jr. in concussion protocol, awaiting X-ray on shoulder after 'car wreck' collision with wall," 7 June 2019 Even if Durant had missed the Finals, a Golden State win over the Raptors would have provided a fitting coda to the end of his tenure. Michael Shapiro,, "Five Big Questions Surrounding Kevin Durant's NBA Free Agency," 24 June 2019 As a more low-key coda and send-off to Sheriff Woody, Toy Story 4 excels. Josh Spiegel, The Hollywood Reporter, "How 'Toy Story 4' Says Goodbye (Again)," 23 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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