Definition of coda in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkəʊdə/


1The concluding passage of a piece or movement, typically forming an addition to the basic structure: the first movement ends with a fortissimo coda
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  • This third section has already incorporated material from earlier in the movement and the coda extends this process.
  • To alter the coda of that final movement is thus, by implication, to change the character of the entire work.
  • At times, as in the coda of the first movement, the emotional release is transcendental.
1.1The 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.
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  • 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.
  • The short coda was another aerial ballet, after which the couple, yielding to the laws of gravity, returned to earth.
  • A 16-year-old from North Carolina danced the variation and coda from the Don Quixote pas de deux.
1.2A concluding event, remark, or section: his new novel is a kind of coda to his previous books
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  • 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.’


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

Words that rhyme with coda

Clodagh, coder, exploder, loader, Oder, odour (US odor), pagoda, Rhoda, Sargodha, Schroder, soda, vocoder

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