Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Weird Word Wednesday - finial

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I was unscrewing the metal piece that holds a lampshade in place in order to change the lampshade.  My sister commented that I could also change out the finial if I wanted to.  She had worked in a department store in housewares and said that it can also refer to the decorative ends of curtain rods.  Apparently this may be a familiar word to people in decorating.



noun \ˈfi-nē-əl\ 

Definition of FINIAL

1: a usually foliated ornament forming an upper extremity especially in Gothic architecture
2: a crowning ornament or detail (as a decorative knob)

Origin of FINIAL

Middle English, from final, finial final
First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with FINIAL


  1. Finial, good to know cause I've never known what to call those things lol.

  2. Teaching people new weird words, just another free service we provide. =)