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  1. Music. a more or less independent passage, at the end of a composition, introduced to bring it to a satisfactory close.
  2. Ballet. the concluding section of a ballet, especially the final part of a pas de deux.
  3. 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.
  4. anything that serves as a concluding part.
  5. 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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Related Words for coda

farewell, windup, summation, postscript, coda, finale, sequel, ending, conclusion, postlude, peroration, follow-up, adieu, climax, culmination, epilogue, goodbye, closer, envoi, finis

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British Dictionary definitions for coda


  1. music the final, sometimes inessential, part of a musical structure
  2. 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
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Word Origin for coda

C18: from Italian: tail, from Latin cauda
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Word Origin and History for coda


"concluding passage in a musical composition," 1753, from Latin cauda "tail of an animal."

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coda in Culture


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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