denouement

or dé·noue·ment

[ dey-noo-mahn ]
/ ˌdeɪ nuˈmɑ̃ /

noun

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.

Origin of denouement

1745–55; < French: literally, an untying, equivalent to dénouer to untie, Old French desnoer (des- de- + noer to knot < Latin nōdāre, derivative of nōdus knot) + -ment -ment
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British Dictionary definitions for denouement

denouement

dnouement (French denumɑ̃)

/ (deɪˈnuːmɒn) /

noun

  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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Word Origin and History for denouement

denouement


n.

1752, from French dénouement "an untying" (of plot), from dénouer "untie" (Old French desnouer) from des- "un-, out" (see dis-) + nouer "to tie, knot," from Latin nodus "a knot," from PIE *ned- "to bind, tie" (see net (n.)).

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Culture definitions for denouement

dénouement

[ (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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