Definition of postlude in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpōs(t)lo͞od/


1A concluding piece of music, especially an organ piece played at the end of a religious service.
Example sentences
  • This work consists of a collection of 7 chorales with preludes and postludes with which the organist can make his contribution to all the liturgical parts of the religious service.
  • This is a good choice for groups who do prelude or postlude music at church services or other functions.
  • They make an odd postlude to Bach and Brahms, however.
1.1A written or spoken epilogue; an afterword.
Example sentences
  • Bloom informs us that he wrote the monograph as a postlude to ‘Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human’.
  • Also added is a postlude in which the authors mount a spirited defence of their position in response to the hostile reception given to the first edition.
  • In her postlude to the book, she added, ‘Out of that struggle to find himself he created art that made an enormous contribution to theater and dance almost worldwide.’


Mid 19th century: from post- 'later, after', on the pattern of prelude.

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Syllabification: post·lude

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