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chef d'oeuvre

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

Definition of chef d'oeuvre

plural chefs d'oeuvre \-dœvrə, -ˈdə(r)v(z)\

  1. :  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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