from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Music The concluding passage of a movement or composition.
  • n. A conclusion or closing part of a statement.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A passage which brings a movement or piece to a conclusion through prolongation.
  • n. The optional final part of a syllable, placed after its nucleus, and usually composed of one or more consonants.
  • n. In seismograms, the gradual return to baseline after a seismic event. The length of the coda can be used to estimate event magnitude, and the shape sometimes reveals details of subsurface structures.
  • n. The conclusion of a statement.
  • n. Alternative spelling of CODA.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A few measures added beyond the natural termination of a composition.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In music: The tail or stem of a note.
  • n. A passage added to a composition for the purpose of bringing it to a complete close: it is especially important in works that are constructed in canon, rondo, or sonata form.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the closing section of a musical composition


Italian, from Latin cauda, tail.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Italian coda (Wiktionary)



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