masterpiece

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noun mas·ter·piece \ˈmas-tər-ˌpēs\

Definition of masterpiece

  1. 1 :  a work done with extraordinary skill; especially :  a supreme intellectual or artistic achievement

  2. 2 :  a piece of work presented to a medieval guild as evidence of qualification for the rank of master

Examples of masterpiece in a Sentence

  1. The painting was immediately recognized as a masterpiece.

  2. Herman Melville's masterpiece was Moby-Dick.

  3. Her study of apes is a masterpiece.

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First Known Use of masterpiece

1600


MASTERPIECE Defined for English Language Learners

masterpiece

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Definition of masterpiece for English Language Learners

  • : 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


MASTERPIECE Defined for Kids

masterpiece

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noun mas·ter·piece \ˈma-stər-ˌpēs\

Definition of masterpiece for Students

  1. :  something done or made with exceptional skill



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