noun Music.

a concluding piece or movement.
a voluntary at the end of a church service.

Origin of postlude

1850–55; post- + -lude < Latin lūdus game, modeled on prelude Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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music a final or concluding piece or movement
a voluntary played at the end of a Church service

Word Origin for postlude

C19: from post- + -lude, from Latin lūdus game; compare prelude
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Word Origin and History for postlude

1821, from post- + ending abstracted from prelude.

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