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

  • n. Music An organ voluntary played at the end of a church service.
  • n. Music A concluding piece.
  • n. A final chapter or phase.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The final part of a piece; especially music played (normally on the organ) at the end of a church service.
  • n. A concluding passage of text or speech; an epilogue or afterword.
  • v. To form a postlude (to); to end with a postlude.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A voluntary at the end of a service.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In music, an organ-piece at the end of a church service; a concluding voluntary: correlated with prelude and interlude.

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

  • n. a voluntary played at the end of a religious service

Etymologies

post- + (pre)lude.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From post- + Latin ludus ("play") (modelled on prelude). (Wiktionary)

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