- (British) IPA: /ˈfɪn.i.əl/
finial (plural finials)
- The knot or bunch of foliage, or foliated ornament, that forms the upper extremity of a pinnacle in Gothic architecture.
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- 1924, Herman Melville, Billy Budd, London: Constable & Co., Chapter 24,
- Truth uncompromisingly told will always have its ragged edges; hence the conclusion of such a narration is apt to be less finished than an architectural finial.
- 2004, Alan Hollinghurst, The Line of Beauty, Bloomsbury, 2005, Chapter 3,
- The steep slate roofs were topped with bronze finials so tall and fanciful they looked like drops of liquid sliding down a thread.
- Any decorative fitting at the peak of a gable, or on the top of a flagpole, fence post or staircase newel post.
- French: fleuron
- German: Giebelblume, Firstblume, Kreuzblume
- French: épi de faîtage, poinçon
- German: Dachschmuck (roof), Giebelschmuck (gable)