[ fin-ee-uh l, fahy-nee- ]
/ ˈfɪn i əl, ˈfaɪ ni- /


Architecture. a relatively small, ornamental, terminal feature at the top of a gable, pinnacle, etc.
an ornamental termination to the top of a piece of furniture, or of one part of such a piece.
Typography. a curve terminating the main stroke of the characters in some italic fonts.

Origin of finial

1400–50; late Middle English, derivative of Latin fīnis end; see -al1


fin·i·aled, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for finial

/ (ˈfaɪnɪəl) /


an ornament on top of a spire, gable, etc, esp in the form of a foliated fleur-de-lys
an ornament at the top of a piece of furniture, etc

Derived forms of finial

finialed, adjective

Word Origin for finial

C14: from finial (adj), variant of final
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