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coda

[ koh-duh ]
/ ˈkoʊ də /
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noun
Music. a more or less independent passage, at the end of a composition, introduced to bring it to a satisfactory close.
Ballet. the concluding section of a ballet, especially the final part of a pas de deux.
a concluding section or part, especially one of a conventional form and serving as a summation of preceding themes, motifs, etc., as in a work of literature or drama.
anything that serves as a concluding part.
Phonetics. the segment of a syllable following the nucleus, as the d-sound in good.Compare core1 (def. 14), onset (def. 3).
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Origin of coda

1745–55; <Italian <Latin cauda tail; cf. queue
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British Dictionary definitions for coda

coda
/ (ˈkəʊdə) /

noun
music the final, sometimes inessential, part of a musical structure
a concluding part of a literary work, esp a summary at the end of a novel of further developments in the lives of the characters

Word Origin for coda

C18: from Italian: tail, from Latin cauda
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Cultural definitions for coda

coda

An ending to a piece of music, standing outside the formal structure of the piece. Coda is the Italian word for “tail.”

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