fin·i·al /ˈfɪniəl, ˈfaɪni-/

1. Architecture. a relatively small, ornamental, terminal feature at the top of a gable, pinnacle, etc.
2. an ornamental termination to the top of a piece of furniture, or of one part of such a piece.
3. Typography. a curve terminating the main stroke of the characters in some italic fonts.

1400–50; late ME, deriv. of L fīnis end; see -al

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fin·i·aled, adjective


Perched on a corner post’s finial at one end of the high wall, Chillbais stared with stony eyes on the tattered wilds beyond.

Source: Toll the Hounds by Steven Erikson.