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  1. (final result)  the outcome of a complex sequence of events
    Synonyms: denouement. Type of: final result
  2. (resolution)  the final resolution of the main complication of a literary or dramatic work
    Synonyms: denouement. Type of: resolution

Etymology summary

Borrowing from French dénouement.
(Source: Wiktionary)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

denouement | dénouement [French] | solution [synonym, sense-specific]

the final clarification or resolution of a plot in a play or other work | the point at which this occurs | final outcome; solution (23 of 511 words, 3 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciations)


Oxford Dictionary:

denouement | dénouement

the final part of a play, film, or narrative in which the strands of the plot are drawn together and matters are explained or resolved | the outcome ... (27 of 105 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)



denouement | dénouement

the final outcome of the main dramatic complication in a literary work | the outcome of a complex sequence of events (20 of 93 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)


American Heritage Dictionary:

denouement | dénouement [sense-specific]

The final resolution or clarification of a dramatic or narrative plot. | The events following the climax of a drama or novel in which such a ... (25 of 75 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)


New World Dictionary:

denouement | dénouement

the outcome, solution, unraveling, or clarification of a plot in a drama, story, etc. | the point in the plot where this occurs | any final revelation ... (25 of 58 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)


Random House Dictionary:

denouement | dénouement [sense-specific]

the final resolution of the intricacies of a plot, as of a drama or novel. | the place in the plot at which this occurs. | the outcome or resolution ... (28 of 43 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)



dénouement [often used metaphorically] | dénouements [plural] | denouement | denouements [plural]

The conclusion or resolution of a plot. (7 of 30 words, pronunciations)


Etymology reference


dénouement [often used metaphorically] | dénouements [plural] | denouement

Origin: Borrowing from French dénouement.


Audio reference

the Free Dictionary:


Audio: North American English pronunciation of "dénouement" by speech synthesizer


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