Definition of finial
1 : a usually foliated ornament forming an upper extremity especially in Gothic architecture
2 : a crowning ornament or detail (such as a decorative knob)
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For such a long-unsolved case, the investigation is surprisingly active into the disappearance of the artworks, which include paintings, a Chinese vase and a 19th century finial of an eagle.
Grandmother’s table has at least seven: a chamfered-corner marble top, palmette edge, carved arabesque apron, winged maiden supports, finial topped X-stretcher and paw feet.
Man Ray designed this set in 1920 to honor his close friend, with typically fanciful touches (the knight is a violin finial).
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Origin and Etymology of finial
Middle English, from final, finial final
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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