follow Dictionary.com

Stories We Like: Novels For Language Lovers

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
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English, derivative of Latin fīnis end; see -al1
Related forms
finialed, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for finial
  • The information will still be fresh in mind for the finial exam.
  • They fashioned the main dome and its solid gold finial, the mosaics, the calligraphy and the intricate marble flowers.
  • finial spent the time since then attempting to perfect it.
  • The damaged portions were carefully restored except for a finial on the steeple.
  • 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.
  • The cracked finial atop the pyramid repaired, and exterior around clocks cleaned.
  • Each pillar has a convex, molded pyramidal cap with a round finial and a height of fourteen feet.
  • In lieu of mitered corners, a square post is installed which has a finial on its top.
  • The eight-sided conical spire is sheathed in shingles and is completed with a copper ball finial at its apex.
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Encyclopedia Article for 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.

Learn more about finial with a free trial on Britannica.com
Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Word Value for finial

9
11
Scrabble Words With Friends