Definition of coda in English:



  • 1The concluding passage of a piece or movement, typically forming an addition to the basic structure.

    • ‘At times, as in the coda of the first movement, the emotional release is transcendental.’
    • ‘To alter the coda of that final movement is thus, by implication, to change the character of the entire work.’
    • ‘This third section has already incorporated material from earlier in the movement and the coda extends this process.’
    • ‘The coda of the great Schubert B flat sonata was played at a breakneck pace and was technically perfect.’
    • ‘The theme returns at the conclusion in its original scoring and a short, violent coda ends the piece.’
    appendix, addendum, end matter, tailpiece, codicil, rider, postscript, addition, extension, sequel
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    1. 1.1 The concluding section of a dance, especially of a pas de deux or the finale of a ballet in which the dancers parade before the audience.
      • ‘We added an opening to include angels, and the hoops and Russian dance were also added, along with a closing coda.’
      • ‘The short coda was another aerial ballet, after which the couple, yielding to the laws of gravity, returned to earth.’
      • ‘The program ended with a free-spirited coda by all the dancers doing this, that, and especially the other, all with happy bravura and to Tchaikovsky.’
      • ‘She completed the difficult series of fouettes in the coda of the Black Swan pas de deux which even more senior ballerinas sometimes cannot manage as well.’
      • ‘A 16-year-old from North Carolina danced the variation and coda from the Don Quixote pas de deux.’
      finale, final scene, final act, last act, epilogue, end, ending, finish, close
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    2. 1.2 A concluding event, remark, or section.
      ‘his new novel is a kind of coda to his previous books’
      • ‘The foreign minister added a coda to his colleague's remarks by urging a spirit of compromise in accession negotiations.’
      • ‘The sad coda to this event is that, a mere five months later, this disaster is already a fading memory.’
      • ‘In a coda to this collection, he states, ‘Writers thrive with patient, supportive, kindly publishers - and editors.’’
      • ‘The entertainment correspondent is one of 12 climbers setting their sights on conquering the summit as a dramatic coda to a gruelling expedition.’
      • ‘The extended coda to that scene and its aftermath was very well played, showing earlier events from a different perspective.’


Mid 18th century: Italian, from Latin cauda ‘tail’.