Part of speech: noun
Origin: Latin, mid-16th century
A final point in space or time; an end or extremity.
The end of a railroad or other transportation route, or a station at such a point; a terminal.
Examples of Terminus in a sentence
"The terminus of the highway construction is scheduled for April 2021."
"Take the subway to the terminus, and I'll meet you there."
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You might recognize the adjective "terminal," meaning situated at the end, but "terminus" is the noun form. Use this word to distinguish the end point, either in space or time. It's a handy word to pull out at the end of a party. "This is the terminus, and you don't have to go home, but you can't stay here."
Did you Know?
Terminus is also used as a name for a specific architectural feature. A terminus is a figure of a human bust or an animal ending in a square pillar from which it appears to spring, originally used as a boundary marker in ancient Rome.