tailpiece

noun

tail·​piece ˈtāl-ˌpēs How to pronounce tailpiece (audio)
1
: a piece added at the end
2
: a device from which the strings of a stringed instrument are stretched to the pegs see violin illustration
3
: an ornament placed below the text matter of a page

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Elsewhere, there’s a sleek twin-cell tank, a polished stainless steel center section, a rubber seat and a mahogany tailpiece. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 9 June 2022 Attach the tailpiece to the P-trap and tighten with the wrench. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, 17 June 2021 Place the flange over the drain hole in the sink and screw the tailpiece to the flange. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, 17 June 2021 The High Freq boasts a dramatic Honduran mahogany body and feathers from Crocker’s cockatoo on the headstock and tailpiece. AL.com, 23 June 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of tailpiece was in 1601

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Cite this Entry

“Tailpiece.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tailpiece. Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

tailpiece

noun
tail·​piece ˈtā(ə)l-ˌpēs How to pronounce tailpiece (audio)
1
: a piece added at the end
2
: a device to which the strings of a stringed instrument are fastened

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