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pièce de résistance

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

: the best or most important thing or event

plural pièces de ré·sis·tance \same\

Full Definition of PIÈCE DE RÉSISTANCE

1
:  the chief dish of a meal
2
:  an outstanding item or event :  showpiece
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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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