from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Architecture A sculptured ornament, often in the shape of a leaf or flower, at the top of a gable, pinnacle, or similar structure.
- n. An ornamental terminating part, as on a post or piece of furniture.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The knot or bunch of foliage, or foliated ornament, that forms the upper extremity of a pinnacle in Gothic architecture.
- n. Any decorative fitting at the peak of a gable, or on the top of a flagpole, fence post or staircase newel post.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In architecture, the ornamental termination or apex of a pinnacle, canopy, gable, or the like, consisting usually of a knob or composition of foliage. By older writers the word is used to denote not only the termination, but the whole pyramidal mass.
- n. In decorative art, by extension from architecture, the ornamental termination, usually a knob, cluster of leaves, or the like, of any upward-pointing part.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an ornament at the top of a spire or gable; usually a foliated fleur-de-lis
Middle English, last, finial, variant of final; see final.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)