See more synonyms for tailpiece on Thesaurus.com
  1. a piece added at the end; an end piece or appendage.
  2. Printing. a small decorative design at the end of a chapter or at the bottom of a page.
  3. (in a musical instrument of the viol family) a triangular piece of wood, usually of ebony, to which the lower ends of the strings are fastened.
  4. Also called tail beam. Building Trades. a relatively short beam or rafter inserted in a wall by tailing and supported by a header.

Origin of tailpiece

First recorded in 1595–1605; tail1 + piece
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Examples from the Web for tailpiece

Historical Examples of tailpiece

  • Tailpiece to the account of the Whitethroat, p. 261—a gibbet in the distance.

    Hanging in Chains

    Albert Hartshorne

  • For a tailpiece to this chapter one may vignette one of those little affairs.


    H. G. Wells

  • The rotation and the music stopped as the tailpiece of the rocket fell open.

    Adolescents Only

    Irving E. Cox

  • There was nothing else in the rocket, except for the motor built into the tailpiece.

    Adolescents Only

    Irving E. Cox

  • This weapon is represented in the tailpiece to this chapter.

British Dictionary definitions for tailpiece


  1. an extension or appendage that lengthens or completes something
  2. printing a decorative design at the foot of a page or end of a chapter
  3. music a piece of wood to which the strings of a violin, etc, are attached at their lower end. It is suspended between the taut strings and the bottom of the violin by a piece of gut or metal
  4. Also called: tail beam architect a short beam or rafter that has one end embedded in a wall
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