finial

[fin-ee-uh l, fahy-nee-]
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noun
  1. Architecture. a relatively small, ornamental, terminal feature at the top of a gable, pinnacle, etc.
  2. an ornamental termination to the top of a piece of furniture, or of one part of such a piece.
  3. 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
Related formsfin·i·aled, adjective
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finial

noun
  1. an ornament on top of a spire, gable, etc, esp in the form of a foliated fleur-de-lys
  2. an ornament at the top of a piece of furniture, etc
Derived Formsfinialed, adjective

Word Origin for finial

C14: from finial (adj), variant of final
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Word Origin and History for finial
n.

"ornament at the top of a spire, gable, etc.," mid-15c., from fyniall "putting an end to, binding" (early 15c.), a variant of final.

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