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raison d'être

noun rai·son d'être \ˌrā-ˌzōⁿ-ˈdetrə\

Simple Definition of raison d'être

  • : the thing that is most important to someone or something : the reason for which a person or organization exists

Full Definition of raison d'être

plural rai·sons d'être also rai·sons d'etre play \-ˌzōⁿz-\

  1. :  reason or justification for existence

Examples of raison d'être

  1. Art is his raison d'être.



Variants of raison d'être

also rai·son d'etre play \ˌrā-ˌzōⁿ-ˈdetrə\

Origin of raison d'être

French


First Known Use: 1864

Rhymes with raison d'être


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