Definition of “denouement” - English Dictionary


“denouement” in English

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denouementnoun [ C ]

uk /deɪˈnuː.mɒ̃/ us /deɪˈnuː.mɑ̃ː/

the end of a story, in which everything is explained, or the end result of a situation

Examples from literature

  • But we have also found that the romance vanishes away like a ghost, dwindles out, closes with ragged ends, has no denouement. 
  • If they would, however, many could escape from this fatal denouement which suddenly terminates their life at an age when ordinary life is only beginning. 
  • It was all so true and universal, the characters so well drawn, the denouement so happy! 
  • So sudden and astounding was this denouement that Louise did not even scream. 
  • We could not stay for the denouement, as we had a nervous old lady with us, who firmly declined to witness any such hair-raising spectacle. 

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

“denouement” in American English

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denouementnoun [ C ]


literature the final part of a work of literature, after the climax (= the most important or exciting part)

(Definition of “denouement” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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