mé·​tier | \ ˈme-ˌtyā How to pronounce métier (audio) , me-ˈtyā \
variants: or less commonly metier

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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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

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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.

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
Recent Examples on the Web Her timing seemed strange to some, just as her metier was fading. The Economist, "The lark of metro Barbès Lily Lian died on May 24th," 20 June 2020 That the business of fashion was of great interest to Daves didn’t preclude her enjoyment of the metier. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "A New Book, 1950s in Vogue, Celebrates Jessica Daves, the Magazine’s Editor from 1952-1962," 16 Dec. 2019 And ambiguous and withholdy endings are the metier of this show’s makers. Wired, "We Need to Talk About Last Night’s Watchmen," 2 Dec. 2019 Margiela is a man who appreciates the beauty existing objects, and was never afraid to reveal the process and craft of his metier. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Ghosting—The Fall Fashion Edition," 1 Apr. 2019 But with the Premier League season coming to a close on Sunday, Faria - who has followed Mourinho throughout his storied metier - has decided that a career change would be best for him. SI.com, "Jose Mourinho Long-Time Assistant Rui Faria Announces Man United Exit," 12 May 2018 Telles began his metier at Brazilian side Juventude in 2011 and signed with Gremio in 2013. SI.com, "Chelsea & Liverpool Handed Transfer Boost as Porto Reject Offers from Bayern & Juve for Alex Telles," 10 July 2018 Melancholy is the metier for the British vocalist who won four Grammys for his 2014 debut album, In the Lonely Hour. Philly.com, "Album reviews: Sam Smith is sad, Gucci Mane is back and Lee Ann Womack sounds better than ever," 2 Nov. 2017 Unlike the stock market in which transactions are typically based on information that’s public, firms that buy and sell raw materials thrived for decades in an opaque world where their metier relied on knowledge privy only to a few. Serene Cheong, Bloomberg.com, "Commodity Traders Are Stuck in a World Where Everybody Knows Everything," 21 May 2017

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First Known Use of métier

1792, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for métier

borrowed from French, going back to Old French mistier, mestier "divine service, function, duty, craft, profession" — more at mystery entry 2

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“Métier.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/m%C3%A9tier. Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of métier

formal : something that a person does very well

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