chef d'oeuvre

chef d'oeu·​vre | \ shā-ˈdœvrᵊ How to pronounce chef d'oeuvre (audio) , (ˌ)shā-ˈdərv, -ˈdəv \
plural chefs d'oeuvre\ shā-​ˈdœvrᵊ How to pronounce chefs d'oeuvre (audio) , -​ˈdərv(z) , -​ˈdəv(z) \

Definition of chef d'oeuvre

: a masterpiece especially in art or literature

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Examples of chef d'oeuvre in a Sentence

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

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“Chef d'oeuvre.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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