[ pohst-lood ]
See synonyms for postlude on
  1. a concluding piece or movement.

  2. a voluntary at the end of a church service.

Origin of postlude

1850–55; post- + -lude<Latin lūdus game, modeled on prelude

Words Nearby postlude Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use postlude in a sentence

  • The nonsensical dream has another postlude in which a bird utters a merry call and takes away the lizard in his beak.

    Delusion and Dream | Wilhelm Jensen
  • Later he wrote a new postlude, which is found among motivi for the Octet and the Trio in C minor.

  • That Brahms actually had some such intention in adding the postlude is in the personal knowledge of the present writer.

  • For postlude two measures from the cantabile of Chopin's "Funeral March" are used with droll effect.

  • Opening with a musical and lyrical prelude, this symphonic composition was to end with a postlude.

    Romain Rolland | Stefan Zweig

British Dictionary definitions for postlude


/ (ˈpəʊstluːd) /

  1. music a final or concluding piece or movement

  2. a voluntary played at the end of a Church service

Origin of postlude

C19: from post- + -lude, from Latin lūdus game; compare prelude

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