Meaning of “punchline” in the English Dictionary

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"punchline" in British English

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punchlinenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈpʌntʃ.laɪn/ us /ˈpʌntʃ.laɪn/

the last part of a story or a joke that explains the meaning of what has happened previously or makes it funny

(Definition of “punchline” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)