co·​da | \ˈkō-də \

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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And in that way, this year's draft underscores an important coda to all the lessons from the playoffs this year. Andrew Sharp,, "The NBA Draft and the Impossible Standards of the Warriors Era," 20 June 2018 With Amin’s ESPN college football responsibilities leaving him unavailable for the Bears’ preseason coda, Miller will team with Brandt on the fifth practice game against the visiting Bills on Aug. 30. Phil Rosenthal,, "Bears shake up preseason TV announcer roster," 31 May 2018 That’s only reinforced in the season’s other best episode, its eighth, which almost entirely (save a 20-second coda) takes the form of an episode of the actual wrestling show. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "GLOW season 2 is less than the sum of its parts. But those parts are amazing.," 29 June 2018 The experience of losing him has been so alienating that there’s a perverse comfort in believing that a stranger who filled a crucial gap for my family for years may have had a coda as senseless as ours. Mayukh Sen, Bon Appetit, "In Search of Fatima Lakhani, Whose Cookbook Changed the Way My Family Ate," 27 June 2018 In some ways, the Interpretive Gallery is a strange coda to the exhibition. Sophie Haigney,, "SFMOMA’s Magritte Interpretive Gallery lets people play with artist’s work," 3 July 2018 Or, if not a close — for the fun never really ends around here, does it? — then perhaps a coda, or, if not that, then at least some semblance of resolution. David Murphy,, "Sixers decided Bryan Colangelo's strength, like Sam Hinkie's, had become a liability | David Murphy," 8 June 2018 The brutal coda — with hundreds of Japanese in the final charge killed while wielding samurai swords, grenades and even bayonets tied to sticks — left only 28 survivors taken as prisoners. Alex Horton, Washington Post, "Thousands of Japanese fought in a bloody World War II battle for the Aleutians. Only 28 survived.," 24 May 2018 That truth comes through with somber clarity in the film’s eloquent coda, which almost makes up for the silliness that precedes it. Peter Keough,, "Genres crash and burn in ‘Racer and the Jailbird’," 9 May 2018

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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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