chef d'oeuvre

chef d'oeu·vre | \shā-ˈdœvrᵊ, (ˌ)shā-ˈdərv, -ˈdəv\
plural chefs d'oeuvre\-dœvrᵊ, -ˈdərv(z), -ˈdəv(z) \

Definition of chef d'oeuvre 

: a masterpiece especially in art or literature

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

First Known Use of chef d'oeuvre

1619, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chef d'oeuvre

French chef-d'oeuvre, literally, leading work

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