mas·​ter·​piece | \ ˈma-stər-ˌpēs How to pronounce masterpiece (audio) \

Definition of masterpiece

1 : a work done with extraordinary skill especially : a supreme intellectual or artistic achievement
2 : a piece of work presented to a medieval guild as evidence of qualification for the rank of master

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Examples of masterpiece in a Sentence

The painting was immediately recognized as a masterpiece. Herman Melville's masterpiece was Moby-Dick. Her study of apes is a masterpiece.
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For budding builders who can turn play bricks into masterpieces, a new Lego store is coming this fall to the Town Center at Boca Raton. Lisa J. Huriash,, "New Lego store is coming to South Florida," 3 June 2019 One quick buzz in the blender later, and McConnell’s masterpiece was complete. Andrew Daniels, Popular Mechanics, "This Mad Science Experiment Is the Key to the Perfect Mint Julep," 3 May 2019 The most prominent element of lead architect Norman Foster’s design is the innovative glass dome, widely regarded as a masterpiece of form and function. National Geographic, "From Historic to Cutting Edge: Revitalizing Iconic Buildings," 25 May 2018 Two years on, the renovations are now complete, and the centerpiece of the brutalist masterpiece will be open for tours. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Moshe Safdie’s own unit in Habitat 67 completes renovation," 29 Nov. 2018 Some brilliant artist drew Viktor and Hermione dancing during the Yule Ball in Goblet of Fire, and Stan posed in front of the masterpiece. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "These "Harry Potter" Cast Reunions Will Make You Cry Tears Of Joy," 5 Oct. 2018 No two phrases — sometimes no two pitches — show quite the same vocal color, Eder continually recasting the music to reflect the emotional undertow of a Sondheim masterpiece. Howard Reich,, "Linda Eder hits a personal best with 'If You See Me'," 2 July 2018 By adding dramatic pauses, great composers elevate the quality of any masterpiece. Patricia Holbrook, ajc, "The waiting game — it’s not your turn," 24 May 2018 Everything changed after intermission when Ling and the orchestra entered the world of a musical masterpiece that will indeed never die: Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony. Marcus Overton,, "San Diego Symphony blazes through Shostakovich as Jahja Ling debuts as Conductor Laureate," 21 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of masterpiece

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of masterpiece was in 1600

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English Language Learners Definition of masterpiece

: a great book, painting, piece of music, movie, etc. also : the best book, painting, piece of music, movie, etc., by a particular person
: something done with great skill


mas·​ter·​piece | \ ˈma-stər-ˌpēs How to pronounce masterpiece (audio) \

Kids Definition of masterpiece

: something done or made with exceptional skill

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