Definition of finial in English:

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finial

Pronunciation: /ˈfinēəl/

noun

1A distinctive ornament at the apex of a roof, pinnacle, canopy, or similar structure in a building.
Example sentences
  • This is one of the most successful small classical buildings of its period, with a widely spaced Roman Doric hemicycle, and a copper roof with a bulbous finial for the clock.
  • Roof finials, chimneys, color bands, shallow balconies, and textured paving are some characteristic elements of Portuguese style.
  • Worn walls reformed themselves into a series of buttresses and rounded finials, bearded caryatids, zoomorphic statues.
1.1An ornament at the top, end, or corner of an object: ornate curtain poles with decorative finials
More example sentences
  • Most manufacturers make it possible to mix and match poles, drapery rings, decorative finials and holdbacks in a variety of finishes - from white and ebony to antique gold, brass and copper.
  • These railings once boasted elaborate lamp brackets with decorative scrolls and finials.
  • Your fencing can be customized with ornate finials, scrolls, rings, and your choice of three distinctive picket tops and post caps.

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French fin or Latin finis 'end'.

Words that rhyme with finial

lineal, matrilineal, patrilineal

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Syllabification: fin·i·al

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