1619, in the meaning defined above
French chef-d'oeuvre, literally, leading work
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'Chef': the Word We Borrowed Twice
The word has a different meaning in French
chef de cabinet
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“Chef d'oeuvre.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chef%20d%27oeuvre. Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.
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