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finial

[fin-ee-uh l, fahy-nee-] /ˈfɪn i əl, ˈfaɪ ni-/
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 of finial
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English, derivative of Latin fīnis end; see -al1
Related forms
finialed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for finial

finial

/ˈfaɪnɪəl/
noun
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
Derived Forms
finialed, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from finial (adj), variant of final
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Word Origin and History for finial
n.

"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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