fin·​i·​al | \ ˈfi-nē-əl How to pronounce finial (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web One finial, or spire top, plummeted hundreds of feet into a shrub below, while two others also broke off their spires. Washington Post, 19 Aug. 2021 Anyone who helps return the Napoleonic eagle finial will receive a separate $100,000 reward. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Apr. 2021 The racks were so tall in one corner that the finial of an ornate chandelier cleared it by inches. New York Times, 4 Mar. 2021 On the Mulan tower, architectural elements like a cherry blossom motif, jade ornamentation, and crossed golden spears symbolize Mulan’s fearless warrior spirit—and the dragon Mushu playfully stands atop her tower, using her finial as a gong. Todd Plummer, Condé Nast Traveler, 22 Dec. 2020 The Frozen tower, for instance, features an icy blue shingled roof reminiscent of Elsa’s magical powers and is topped with a three-dimensional snowflake finial. Todd Plummer, Condé Nast Traveler, 22 Dec. 2020 Callahan regards his work re-carving the old finial crafted by one of the cathedral’s early carvers as a valuable learning experience. Marjorie Hunt, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 July 2020 On September 29, 1990, exactly 83 years after the laying of the foundation stone, Alonso was given the great honor of setting the cathedral’s last stone: the final grand finial on the southwest tower. Marjorie Hunt, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 July 2020 Over the door a limestone balcony has a stone railing with balusters and finials. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, 9 May 2020 See More

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First Known Use of finial

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for finial

Middle English, from final, finial final

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“Finial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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