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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Behind us, the domes of the 16th-century Süleymaniye Mosque, the masterpiece of the greatest of all Ottoman architects, Sinan, loomed. New York Times, 12 May 2022 Here's a tip: Don't stir, but sip the caffeinated masterpiece. Janelle Davis, CNN, 8 May 2022 The masterpiece helped forge a distinct Ukrainian identity, separate from that of its giant neighbor to the east. Joshua Hammer, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 May 2022 This year the Academy Award-winning masterpiece, The Godfather, celebrates its 50th anniversary. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 2 May 2022 Despite how adorable and detailed the masterpiece looks, Ohanian remains humble. Sabrina Weiss,, 4 Apr. 2022 Nail artist Eri Ishizu was behind the reptilian masterpiece. Sara Miranda, Allure, 28 Mar. 2022 For a franchise built on the unconventional personnel whims of Coach Pete Carroll and General Manager John Schneider, Wilson was the eccentric masterpiece. Jerry Brewer, Anchorage Daily News, 9 Mar. 2022 Madam is splendidly performative in flavor and presentation, but the masterpiece of the place is the dessert menu. Lyndsay C. Green, Detroit Free Press, 10 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of masterpiece

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Masterpiece.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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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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