Definition of denouement
1 : the final outcome of the main dramatic complication in a literary work <In the denouement, the two lovers commit suicide.>
2 : the outcome of a complex sequence of events
Examples of denouement in a sentence
In the play's denouement, the two lovers kill themselves.
Origin and Etymology of denouement
French dénouement, literally, untying, from Medieval French desnouement, from desnouer to untie, from Old French desnoer, from des- de- + noer to tie, from Latin nodare, from nodus knot — more at node
First Known Use: 1705
DENOUEMENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of denouement for English Language Learners
: the final part of something (such as a book, a play, or a series of events)
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