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métier

noun ·tier \ˈme-ˌtyā, me-ˈ\

: something that a person does very well

Full Definition of MÉTIER

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:  an area of activity in which one excels :  forte

Variants of MÉTIER

·tier also me·tier \ˈme-ˌtyā, me-ˈ\

Examples of MÉTIER

  1. After trying several careers, she found her true métier in computer science.
  2. <public speaking is not my métier, as others can attest>

Origin of MÉTIER

French, from Old French mestier, from Vulgar Latin *misterium, alteration of Latin ministerium work, ministry
First Known Use: 1792

Synonym Discussion of MÉTIER

work, labor, travail, toil, drudgery, grind mean activity involving effort or exertion. work may imply activity of body, of mind, of a machine, or of a natural force <too tired to do any work>. labor applies to physical or intellectual work involving great and often strenuous exertion <farmers demanding fair compensation for their labor>. travail is bookish for labor involving pain or suffering <years of travail were lost when the house burned>. toil implies prolonged and fatiguing labor <his lot would be years of back-breaking toil>. drudgery suggests dull and irksome labor <an editorial job with a good deal of drudgery>. grind implies labor exhausting to mind or body <the grind of the assembly line>.

work, employment, occupation, calling, pursuit, métier, business mean a specific sustained activity engaged in especially in earning one's living. work may apply to any purposeful activity whether remunerative or not <her work as a hospital volunteer>. employment implies work for which one has been engaged and is being paid by an employer <your employment with this firm is hereby terminated>. occupation implies work in which one engages regularly especially as a result of training <his occupation as a trained auto mechanic>. calling applies to an occupation viewed as a vocation or profession <the ministry seemed my true calling>. pursuit suggests a trade, profession, or avocation followed with zeal or steady interest <her family considered medicine the only proper pursuit>. métier implies a calling or pursuit for which one believes oneself to be especially fitted <acting was my one and only métier>. business suggests activity in commerce or the management of money and affairs <the business of managing a hotel>.

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