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Examples of métier in a sentence
After trying several careers, she found her true métier in computer science.
public speaking is not my métier, as others can attest
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
First Known Use: 1792
Synonym Discussion of métier
MÉTIER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of métier for English Language Learners
: something that a person does very well
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