masterpiece


mas·ter·piece

noun \ˈmas-tər-ˌpēs\

: a great book, painting, piece of music, movie, etc.; also : the best book, painting, piece of music, movie, etc., by a particular person

: something done with great skill

Full Definition of MASTERPIECE

1
:  a work done with extraordinary skill; especially :  a supreme intellectual or artistic achievement
2
:  a piece of work presented to a medieval guild as evidence of qualification for the rank of master

Examples of MASTERPIECE

  1. The painting was immediately recognized as a masterpiece.
  2. Herman Melville's masterpiece was Moby-Dick.
  3. Her study of apes is a masterpiece.

First Known Use of MASTERPIECE

1600

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