tail·​piece | \ ˈtāl-ˌpēs How to pronounce tailpiece (audio) \

Definition of tailpiece

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

Examples of tailpiece in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The High Freq boasts a dramatic Honduran mahogany body and feathers from Crocker’s cockatoo on the headstock and tailpiece. AL.com, "Alabama blues icon tells the secrets behind his guitars," 23 June 2017

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First Known Use of tailpiece

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Tailpiece.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tailpiece. Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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