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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Recent Examples on the Web Views of the Continental Mountains from balconies create a landscape to rival any art masterpiece. Michael Alpiner, Forbes, "Dr. Deepak Chopra Partners With CIVANA Wellness Resort And Spa," 26 Feb. 2021 For both these emotional states, start with Arthur Jafa’s seven-minute filmic-montage masterpiece from 2016 just inside the museum’s front door. Jerry Saltz, Vulture, "Heartbreak and Resurrection in ‘Grief and Grievance’ at the New Museum," 25 Feb. 2021 There was a regular-season shootout and a playoff masterpiece the first season that Patrick Mahomes and Tom Brady met on a football field. Josh Dubow, ajc, "Brady, Mahomes prepare for 5th matchup after splitting 1st 4," 31 Jan. 2021 These are the masterpiece rooms, and everything looks great. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Manhattan’s MoMA, Welcoming Once Again, Seven Days a Week," 16 Sep. 2020 In his masterpiece performance, the 21-year-old Slovenian guard became one of three players in NBA history to produce a 40/15/10 playoff game with Hall of Famers Oscar Robertson and Suns legend Charles Barkley, according to StatMuse. Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, "Luka Doncic's playoff dominance stirs more chatter that Suns should've drafted him in 2018," 25 Aug. 2020 To Murray, all of that is part of the formula that culminated in Monday’s masterpiece against the Warriors. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "No luck involved in Dejounte Murray's breakout season," 9 Feb. 2021 The only streaming service that includes Jerry Seinfeld’s masterpiece with its subscription cost is Hulu. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, "The 100 Best TV Shows on Hulu Right Now," 1 Feb. 2021 Nick Saban wins seventh title — and the rest of college football should be terrified (Los Angeles Times) -- Nick Saban is the GOAT, and his argument gets only stronger with time (Yahoo Sports) -- This Alabama team was Nick Saban’s masterpiece. Michael Casagrande |, al, "What they’re saying nationally after Alabama wins another title," 12 Jan. 2021

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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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1 Mar 2021

Cite this Entry

“Masterpiece.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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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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