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chef d'oeuvre

noun chef d'oeu·vre \shā-dœvrə, (ˌ)shā-ˈdə(r)v\
plural chefs d'oeuvre \-dœvrə, -ˈdə(r)v(z)\

Definition of CHEF D'OEUVRE

:  a masterpiece especially in art or literature

Examples of CHEF D'OEUVRE

  1. <the sculptor labored for 15 years on his chef d'oeuvre>

Origin of CHEF D'OEUVRE

French chef-d'oeuvre, literally, leading work
First Known Use: 1619

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