or dé·noue·ment

[ dey-noo-mahn ]
/ ˌdeɪ nuˈmɑ̃ /
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the final resolution of the intricacies of a plot, as of a drama or novel.
the place in the plot at which this occurs.
the outcome or resolution of a doubtful series of occurrences.
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Origin of denouement

First recorded in 1745–55; from French: literally, “an untying,” equivalent to dénouer “to untie,” Old French desnoer (des- + noer “to knot,” from Latin nōdāre, derivative of nōdus “knot”) + -ment; see de-, -ment

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British Dictionary definitions for denouement


dnouement (French denumɑ̃)

/ (deɪˈnuːmɒn) /

  1. the final clarification or resolution of a plot in a play or other work
  2. the point at which this occurs
final outcome; solution

Word Origin for denouement

C18: from French, literally: an untying, from dénouer to untie, from Old French desnoer, from des- de- + noer to tie, knot, from Latin nōdāre, from nōdus a knot; see node
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Cultural definitions for denouement

[ (day-nooh-mahnn) ]

The solution or outcome of the plot of a play or novel: “In the dénouement of many tragedies, the main character dies.”

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