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1. Architecture A sculptured ornament, often in the shape of a leaf or flower, at the top of a gable, pinnacle, or similar structure.
2. An ornamental terminating part, as on a post or piece of furniture.

[Middle English, last, finial, variant of final; see final.]


1. (Architecture) an ornament on top of a spire, gable, etc, esp in the form of a foliated fleur-de-lys
2. (Furniture) an ornament at the top of a piece of furniture, etc
[C14: from finial (adj), variant of final]
ˈfinialed adj


(ˈfɪn i əl, ˈfaɪ ni-)

1. a relatively small ornamental terminal feature at the top of a gable or spire.
2. a terminating ornament, as on the top of a post or a piece of furniture.
3. a curve terminating the main stroke of the characters in some italic type fonts.
[1400–50; < Anglo-French *finial or Anglo-Latin *finiālis, alter. of Latin finālis; see final]


- The decorative knob on the top of a lamp, holding the shade on.
See also related terms for lamp.
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Noun1.finial - an ornament at the top of a spire or gable; usually a foliated fleur-de-lis
decoration, ornament, ornamentation - something used to beautify
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Best of all, perhaps, is St Peter's at Daylesford in Gloucestershire of 1857-63, an astonishing pyramidal composition of triangular gables, a central Normandy-style broach spire and rich, bold detail--but now sadly redundant, neglected, and difficult to see inside.
Spring is just bursting through in this 1967 picture - from the Liverpool ECHO archive - of Eastham''s lovely church with it''s famous broach spire,one of only two such spires in the Wirral
This Hillman Minx sits bathed in the sharp sunshine of an April day, 41 years ago, in front of Eastham parish church, one of only two such broach spires in Wirral Picture: DAILY POST ARCHIVE