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pièce de résistance

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noun pièce de ré·sis·tance \pē-ˌes-də-rə-ˌzē-ˈstän(t)s, -rā-, -ˈstäⁿs\

Simple Definition of pièce de résistance

  • : the best or most important thing or event

Full Definition of pièce de résistance

plural pièces de ré·sis·tance \same\

  1. 1 :  the chief dish of a meal

  2. 2 :  an outstanding item or event :  showpiece

Examples of pièce de résistance

  1. The pièce de résistance of the whole concert was when the two bands came onstage to perform together.

  2. The waiter suggested we try the restaurant's pièce de résistance: the chocolate soufflé.



Origin of pièce de résistance

French, literally, piece of resistance


First Known Use: 1839


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