October 25, 2021

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Word of the Day: denouement

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1. the outcome of a complex sequence of events

2. the final resolution of the main complication of a literary or dramatic work

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The word denouement has appeared in 54 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on June 25 in “Humble Waiter or Son of a King? A Royal Mystery Piques Spain” by Nicholas Casey and José Bautista:

LA BISBAL D’EMPORDÀ, Spain — The man serving the drinks at the pub is Albert Solà Jimenez, and he has quite a tale to tell.

It starts when he was an orphaned child, at first raised by peasants on a Mediterranean island, then whisked to a mansion in Barcelona. There were rumors of his “noble birth,” he says, whispered by generals and diplomats. Then came a Spanish secret agent who offered to connect the dots on his origins, he says.

The conclusion was the denouement of a fairy tale.

“It’s quite simple: I am the son of the king,” said Mr. Solà, as he carried two glasses of wine to customers in La Bisbal d’Empordà, a town of 10,000 inhabitants in the hills of Catalonia, the northeast corner of Spain’s border with France.

Can you correctly use the word denouement in a sentence?

Based on the definition and example provided, write a sentence using today’s Word of the Day and share it as a comment on this article. It is most important that your sentence makes sense and demonstrates that you understand the word’s definition, but we also encourage you to be creative and have fun.

Then, read some of the other sentences students have submitted and use the “Recommend” button to vote for two original sentences that stand out to you.

If you want a better idea of how denouement can be used in a sentence, read these usage examples on Vocabulary.com.

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