chef d'oeuvre

noun chef d'oeu·vre \ shā-ˈdœvrᵊ , (ˌ)shā-ˈdərv , -ˈdəv \

Definition of chef d'oeuvre

plural chefs d'oeuvre play \-dœvrᵊ, -ˈdərv(z), -ˈdəv(z)\
:a masterpiece especially in art or literature

Examples of chef d'oeuvre in a Sentence

  1. the sculptor labored for 15 years on his chef d'oeuvre

Origin and Etymology of chef d'oeuvre

French chef-d'oeuvre, literally, leading work


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