[fin-ee-uh l, fahy-nee-]


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.

Nearby words

  1. fingertip,
  2. fingertip search,
  3. fingertips,
  4. fingo,
  5. fini,
  6. finical,
  7. finick,
  8. finicky,
  9. fining,
  10. finis

Origin of finial

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

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

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British Dictionary definitions for finial



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 Formsfinialed, adjective

Word Origin for finial

C14: from finial (adj), variant of final

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Word Origin and History for finial



"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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