finial

[fin-ee-uhl, fahy-nee-]
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:
1400–50; late Middle English, derivative of Latin fīnis end; see -al1

finialed, adjective
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finial (ˈfaɪnɪəl)
 
n
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
 
[C14: from finial (adj), variant of final]
 
'finialed
 
adj

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finial
"ornament at the top of a spire, gable, etc.," 1448, from feneal "putting an end to, binding" (1426), a variant of final.
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finial

in architecture, the decorative upper termination of a pinnacle, gable end, buttress, canopy, or spire. In the Romanesque and Gothic styles, it usually consists of a vertical, pointed central element surrounded by four outcurving leaves or scrolls. When the form it decorates has crockets (small, independent, sharply projecting ornaments, usually occurring in rows), the finial may be formed of four or more crockets surrounding the central upright. Finials in the form of candelabrum shafts occur frequently in early Renaissance work. The term now applies loosely to any small pinnacle, knob, or other decorative feature terminating a vertical motif. See also crocket.

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Example sentences
The information will still be fresh in mind for the finial exam.
After the roof was set in place, two workers were lifted by a basket to place the finial piece on top of the roof to cap it off.
The house retains its patterned and scalloped roof, a finial and elaborate molded wood cornice and dormers.
They fashioned the main dome and its solid gold finial, the mosaics, the
  calligraphy and the intricate marble flowers.
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