[fin-ee-uh l, fahy-nee-] /ˈfɪn i əl, ˈfaɪ ni-/

Architecture. a relatively small, ornamental, terminal feature at the top of a gable, pinnacle, etc.
an ornamental termination to the top of a piece of furniture, or of one part of such a piece.
Typography. a curve terminating the main stroke of the characters in some italic fonts.
an ornament on top of a spire, gable, etc, esp in the form of a foliated fleur-de-lys
an ornament at the top of a piece of furniture, etc

“ornament at the top of a spire, gable, etc.,” mid-15c., from fyniall “putting an end to, binding” (early 15c.), a variant of final.


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