postlude

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Etymology[edit]

From post- + Latin ludus (play) (modelled on prelude).

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Noun[edit]

postlude (plural postludes)

  1. (music) The final part of a piece; especially music played (normally on the organ) at the end of a church service.
  2. A concluding passage of text or speech; an epilogue or afterword.

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Verb[edit]

postlude (third-person singular simple present postludes, present participle postluding, simple past and past participle postluded)

  1. (rare) To form a postlude (to); to end with a postlude.
    • 2003, Clive James, ‘Larkin Treads the Boards’, The Meaning of Recognition, Picador 2005, p. 95:
      Mercifully never preceded by a drum-roll or postluded by a curtsey for applause, each poem seemed to arise from the surrounding prose, which Courtenay was successfully endeavouring to make sound as if it was being thought up on the spot.