noun \ˈō-pəs\

: a piece of music written by a major composer

: an important work done by a writer, painter, etc.

plural op·era \ˈō-pə-rə, ˈä-\ also opus·es \ˈō-pə-səz\

Full Definition of OPUS

:  work; especially :  a musical composition or set of compositions usually numbered in the order of its issue

Examples of OPUS

  1. <the composer's final opus was performed posthumously to great acclaim>

Origin of OPUS

Latin oper-, opus — more at operate
First Known Use: 1809

Other Music Terms

cacophony, chorister, concerto, counterpoint, madrigal, obbligato, presto, presto, refrain, riff, segue
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