Finial meaning

fĭnē-əl
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Any decorative fitting at the peak of a gable, or on the top of a flagpole, fence post or staircase newel post.
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The definition of a finial is a small ornamental piece on the top of a furniture detail or an sculptured architectural ornament.

An example of finial is a carved ball at the top of a spire.

An example of finial is a decorative shape at the top of the lampshade.

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A sculptured ornament, often in the shape of a leaf or flower, at the top of a gable, pinnacle, or similar structure.
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A decorative part at the tip of a spire, gable, lampshade support, etc., or projecting upward from the top of a cabinet, breakfront, etc.
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The knot or bunch of foliage, or foliated ornament, that forms the upper extremity of a pinnacle in Gothic architecture.
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An ornamental terminating part, as on a post or piece of furniture.
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Origin of finial

  • Middle English last, finial variant of final final

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition