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.
Other definitions for CODA (2 of 2)
child of deaf adult / adults : a hearing person with a deaf parent or parents.
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How to use coda in a sentence
In its last act and the coda that follows, Old becomes more sentimental, more of a family drama than the film seemed to be at the start — and then, all of a sudden, it turns into something like science fiction.M. Night Shyamalan returns with Old, a floppy but haunting thriller about aging | Alissa Wilkinson | July 23, 2021 | Vox
A bright, zesty lemon pudding makes a lovely coda to any meal, but topped with a quick blueberry whipped cream, it becomes a truly festive dessert.Make lemon pudding with blueberry whipped cream your next dinner party dessert | Adam Roberts | June 4, 2021 | Washington Post
In his stringent efforts not to tell us what to think, Anthony makes some woolly detours, including a short coda that shows a group of students making a TV pilot as a class assignment.Documentary All Light, Everywhere Examines the Limits of Police Body Cameras—and Our Own Perceptions | Stephanie Zacharek | June 4, 2021 | Time
Technically, there’s a fair amount of one-last-job action noir left after the doors close — but it’s pretty forgettable, pure coda, after that meeting and separation.
The coda of this story is that my father, eventually and to his credit, got behind me and supported whatever direction I wished to take.Traditional school isn’t always the way to go, and I wish my parents had seen that earlier | Kenneth R. Rosen | February 5, 2021 | Washington Post
Of course, you can read this just as a brilliant, subversive coda to a horror movie.
Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you haven't seen season five episode eight of The Walking Dead, “coda”Norman Reedus on Motorcycles, Multitasking, And That Mid-Season Finale: “This Was A Rough One” | Oliver Jones | December 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The scene serves as the coda to The Last of the Unjust, and it ranks as one of the most splendid closing sequences in cinema.Confessions of a Death Camp Collaborator: Claude Lanzmann’s ‘The Last of the Unjust’ | Jimmy So | February 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Melville then appends an ultra-weird coda: There would seem little need for proceeding further in this history.
And then the joke in the last verse of watching Walter Cronkite deliver the coda.Overrated/Underrated: I Do/Don't Believe in Zimmerman | Michael Tomasky | May 24, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
And again, it has a coda pausing on the dominant chord and followed by an Andantino.The Pianoforte Sonata | J.S. Shedlock
The coda is one of the most fascinating ever penned by Schubert.The Pianoforte Sonata | J.S. Shedlock
Beethoven had originally intended that the entire scherzo, with the trio, should be repeated, and then be concluded by the coda.Musical Myths and Facts, Volume I (of 2) | Carl Engel
It has the rondo form; the principal theme, twice relieved by an interlude, recurs three times, and winds up with a coda.Life Of Mozart, Vol. 1 (of 3) | Otto Jahn
Finally, a new and important climax is introduced in the coda by the opposition of the two chief subjects.Life Of Mozart, Vol. 1 (of 3) | Otto Jahn
British Dictionary definitions for coda
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
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Cultural definitions for 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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