Definition of tailpiece in English:

tailpiece

noun

  • 1A final or end part of something, in particular.

    1. 1.1A part added to the end of a story or piece of writing.
      • ‘Wednesday's tailpiece about the motor mower that had been out of action for awhile and the exasperated wife trying to shame her husband by cutting the lawn with nail scissors, struck a chord.’
      • ‘As Nitin points out, his tailpiece was really nice.’
      • ‘And as a tailpiece, Padma Lakshmi, Rushdie's muse of many years now, has revealed that she often has disagreements with her husband about her numerous pairs of shoes.’
      • ‘This tailpiece was later deleted from the legislation, and nothing inserted in its place.’
      • ‘He often used to tell people that readers were more likely to remember the tailpiece than the front page headlines, and they would agree.’
      • ‘Once he had decided not to publish his physics, the Treatise on Man, which Descartes had intended as a kind of tailpiece to The World, had also to be put on one side.’
      • ‘The tailpiece declared what should be the objective of the court when exercising the statutory powers to make financial provision orders and property adjustment orders.’
      • ‘I am surprised that you have not included something in your Chiel tailpiece about the humorous story that the public were satisfied with municipal services.’
      • ‘Note from ‘King’ Charles yesterday (he's one of my readers, and he's from King William's Town, hence the royal title, who supplies the odd tailpiece or three - odd as in once in a while, not strange).’
      • ‘Bessie Howard is now in a retirement home in Johannesburg and the tailpiece, together with this story, will be going to her.’
      • ‘The positioning of A Lover's Complaint as the tailpiece to the sequence - itself convincingly dated to around 1603-4 - suggests that Shakespeare finished assembling the collection at around that time.’
      • ‘Then comes the tailpiece, ‘If you must drink, do not drive afterwards’.’
      • ‘And what is entailed by that tailpiece other than a touch of question begging?’
      • ‘Mind you… this to all Chiel correspondents… don't stop the jokes coming; a lot are very useful in this column as tailpieces and filler stories.’
      • ‘I enjoyed your tailpiece about the child born without ears.’
      • ‘A ‘curtal [shortened] sonnet’ (G.M. Hopkins) consists of a sestet followed by a quatrain and a half-line tailpiece.’
      • ‘The tailpiece makes a limited exception to that principle in the cases in which it applies.’
    2. 1.2A small decorative design at the foot of a page or the end of a chapter or book.
      • ‘Bewick's small drawings, called ‘tailpieces ' were referred to humorously by him as ‘talepieces', as he said they were ‘seldom without an endeavour to illustrate some truth or point moral’.’
    3. 1.3The piece at the base of a violin or other stringed instrument to which the strings are attached.
      • ‘The strings had snapped, the fingerboard was half off, the ornate bridge had shattered and the tailpiece had fallen off.’
      • ‘The fingerboard and tailpiece are now usually of ebony (boxwood was formerly used) Just within the margins of belly and back, a groove in the wood is filled with ‘purfling’: thin strips of some other wood, contrasting in colour and pattern.’
      • ‘The internal block at the bottom holds the tail button to which the tailpiece (which holds the strings) is hitched.’

Pronunciation:

tailpiece

/ˈtālˌpēs/