chef d'oeuvre


chef d'oeu·​vre shā-ˈdœvrᵊ How to pronounce chef d'oeuvre (audio)
plural chefs d'oeuvre shā-ˈdœvrᵊ How to pronounce chef d'oeuvre (audio)
: a masterpiece especially in art or literature

Examples of chef d'oeuvre in a Sentence

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

Word History


French chef-d'oeuvre, literally, leading work

First Known Use

1619, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chef d'oeuvre was in 1619

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Cite this Entry

“Chef d'oeuvre.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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