Definition of Finial

1. Noun. An ornament at the top of a spire or gable; usually a foliated fleur-de-lis.

Generic synonyms: Decoration, Ornament, Ornamentation



Definition of Finial

1. n. The knot or bunch of foliage, or foliated ornament, that forms the upper extremity of a pinnacle in Gothic architecture; sometimes, the pinnacle itself.

Definition of Finial

1. Noun. The knot or bunch of foliage, or foliated ornament, that forms the upper extremity of a pinnacle in Gothic architecture. ¹

2. Noun. Any decorative fitting at the peak of a gable, or on the top of a flagpole, fence post or staircase newel post. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Finial

1. a crowning ornament [n -S] : FINIALED [adj]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Finial

fingerstall
fingerstick
fingerstyle
fingerstyles
fingersucking
fingertip
fingertips
fingerwise
fingerwork
fingery
fingle-fangle
fingle-fangles
fingolimod
fingrigo
fini
finial (current term)
finialed
finials
finical
finicalities
finicality
finically
finicalness
finicalnesses
finick
finickety
finickier
finickiest
finickily
finickin

Literary usage of Finial

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1. Old Cottages, Farm-houses, and Other Stone Buildings in the Cotswold by Edward Guy Dawber (1905)
"finial OF FIG. 64. finial AT WESTON SUBEDGE. FIG. 67. AT CAMPDEN. ... FIG. 66. GOTHIC finial ON A BARN AT LONGBOROUGH. FIG. 69. FROM BROADWAY. ..."

2. Excavations at Phylakopi in Melos by British School at Athens, Thomas Dinham Atkinson (1904)
"iA carved finial which has formed part of some piece of furniture, XL. ... The finial is cut square at the signets, is engraved behind; she wears a flounces ..."

3. Architecture and Urbanization in Colonial Chiapas, Mexico by Sidney David Markman (1984)
"It is surmounted by a large turret-like finial. Its thin, circular, elongated shape looks almost like an extended telescope, the eyepiece of which is the ..."

4. A History of Art for Classes, Art-students, and Tourists in Europe by William Henry Goodyear (1896)
"... the walls—in the latter case frequently surmounted by a pinnacle with its top decoration or "finial." The Greek and Renaissance Styles may be, ..."

5. A History of the Parish of Trinity Church in the City of New York by Morgan Dix, John Adams Dix, Leicester Crosby Lewis, Charles Thorley Bridgeman, Clifford P. Morehouse (1906)
"Glass Windows— Cross Adopted as finial to Spire of New Church—Chimes for the New Tower—Music for Trinity School—Memorial of the City Mission Society for ..."

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