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 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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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 23 Oct. 2021.

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