métier

noun mé·tier \ ˈme-ˌtyā , me-ˈ \
variants: or less commonly metier
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of métier

1 : vocation, trade
  • Journalism is her métier.
2 : an area of activity in which one excels : forte
  • Chess had become his métier.

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Examples of métier in a Sentence

  1. After trying several careers, she found her true métier in computer science.

  2. public speaking is not my métier, as others can attest

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Did You Know?

The words métier, employment, occupation, and calling all perform similar functions in English, though each word gets the job done in its own way. These hard-working synonyms can all refer to a specific sustained activity, especially an activity engaged in to earn a living, but these words also have slightly different shades of meaning. Employment implies simply that one was hired and is being paid by an employer, whereas occupation usually suggests special training, and calling generally applies to an occupation viewed as a vocation or profession. Métier, a French borrowing acquired by English speakers in the late 18th century, typically implies a calling for which one feels especially fitted.

Origin and Etymology of métier

French, from Old French mestier, from Vulgar Latin *misterium, alteration of Latin ministerium work, ministry

Synonym Discussion of métier

work, employment, occupation, calling, pursuit, métier, business mean a specific sustained activity engaged in especially in earning one's living. work may apply to any purposeful activity whether remunerative or not.
    • her work as a hospital volunteer
employment implies work for which one has been engaged and is being paid by an employer.
    • your employment with this firm is hereby terminated
occupation implies work in which one engages regularly especially as a result of training.
    • his occupation as a trained auto mechanic
calling applies to an occupation viewed as a vocation or profession.
    • the ministry seemed my true calling
pursuit suggests a trade, profession, or avocation followed with zeal or steady interest.
    • her family considered medicine the only proper pursuit
métier implies a calling or pursuit for which one believes oneself to be especially fitted.
    • acting was my one and only métier
business suggests activity in commerce or the management of money and affairs.
    • the business of managing a hotel

MÉTIER Defined for English Language Learners

métier

noun

Definition of métier for English Language Learners

  • : something that a person does very well


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