What does the word denouement mean?

Usage examples for denouement

  1. Therefore, if Chief Pasteur's analysis shows Lysodine in Lieutenant Mellon's body, I'll permit this theatrical denouement." – Unwise Child by Gordon Randall Garrett
  2. Every reader will laugh at this denouement, and that laugh is eloquent proof that in saying there can be no real love without absolute monopolism of one heart by another I simply formulated and emphasized a truth which we all feel instinctively. – Primitive Love and Love-Stories by Henry Theophilus Finck