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 This toy is for any parent who’s found an artistic masterpiece ... on a wall or couch instead of paper or canvas. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, "The 2020 Good Housekeeping Best Toy Awards," 20 Oct. 2020 Be sure to seal your masterpiece to prevent it from rotting. Daphne Sashin, CNN, "31 ways to celebrate Halloween this year," 1 Oct. 2020 Jonathan Anderson, Loewe's new home scents collection is not just an olfactory masterpiece, but a visual one, too. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "The Fall Beauty Checklist: 10 New Game-Changing Products to Buy Now," 11 Sep. 2020 Game 2 masterpiece, the pitching feels too unsettled for a pennant favorite. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "MLB playoffs: Which teams have the clearest path to a title? Ranking contenders 1-8," 5 Oct. 2020 Netflix inflates Crowley’s subculture curio, insisting that it be given the same dominant culture reverence as Albee’s masterpiece. Armond White, National Review, "A Segregated, Modernized Boys in the Band," 2 Oct. 2020 With its rounded balcony, lush topiaries, and Colonial-style windows, the property has always been an architectural masterpiece. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' Mansion Will Be Available on Airbnb for Five Nights Next Month," 14 Sep. 2020 Eternal Sunshine, Kaufman's masterpiece, centers on the same topic and argues the journey of falling in love is worth traversing through even if the ultimate destination is a tragic ending more often that not. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "I’m Thinking of Ending Things," 7 Sep. 2020 This is the difference between a creation that is useful or functional and one that is a masterpiece. Tarot Astrologers,, "Daily horoscope for September 7, 2020," 7 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of masterpiece

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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26 Oct 2020

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“Masterpiece.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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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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