Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Med.) A voluntary at the end of a service.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun a voluntary played at the end of a religious service

Etymologies

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

[post– + (pre)lude.]

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

Examples

  • Finally, in a "postlude" Sachs recalls his own boyhood discovery -- in Cleveland -- of Beethoven and touches on the composer's importance to him.

    'The Ninth: Beethoven and the World of 1824,' by Harvey Sachs

  • The organist then begins a short postlude as the congregants greet each other in the pews, laughing and offering hugs and hellos.

    American Grace

  • But relax, because the ad ends with a sort of ethereal, euphoric postlude, making one feel as though Fimian will be descending on Fairfax on clouds and wearing a halo.

    Connolly and Fimian: The art of ads hominem

  • I think I actually snuck it in as a postlude once.

    Mod squad

  • Rodrigo arranged his own assassination, supplied a DVD postlude to the masses via YouTube & social media, begged his country, Enough Guatemala, Enough!

    Kingdom of the blind

  • That's it: from now on, every prelude and postlude gets listed in the church bulletin as "Abrogated Pedagogy." posted by Matthew @ 9: 56 AM

    Archive 2009-09-01

  • It ends with a ravishingly beautiful orchestral postlude as Junior, Dinah's mentally ill adult son, embraces her casket.

    Catching Up to Bernstein

  • That's it: from now on, every prelude and postlude gets listed in the church bulletin as "Abrogated Pedagogy." posted by Matthew @ 9: 56 AM

    Long since disrelished

  • It was sufficiently exhilarating to maintain our interest in the postlude performance of the original final movement, which Saint-Saëns scrapped on the frank advice of his mother.

    Steven Isserlis – review

  • Bookending the opera proper had been a prologue and postlude by actor Malcolm McDowell.

    Rodney Punt: Amahl and the Night Visitors From Intimate Opera of Pasadena

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  • (noun) - A concluding piece or movement played at the end of an oratorio or the like; formed on post, and ludus, play, on analogy of prelude, interlude.

    --Sir James Murray's New English Dictionary, 1909

    January 17, 2018