mas·​ter·​work | \ ˈma-stər-ˌwərk How to pronounce masterwork (audio) \

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his most famous novel is regarded as a masterwork of Western literature
Recent Examples on the Web An entertaining and insightful new documentary, (streaming May 12 on Amazon Prime and available on iTunes and DVD), explores not only his masterworks, but also the gaudy extravaganzas that rocked Imperial Russia. Sarah L. Kaufman, Washington Post, "Camels, monkeys and lions at the ballet: Marius Petipa was just getting started," 5 May 2020 The Irishman is a late-career masterwork, a picture that couldn’t have been made by a young man, or by anyone without Scorsese’s range of experience as a filmmaker. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "The Irishman May Seem Like a Movie About Old White Men. It's So Much More," 31 Oct. 2019 Schutze also assembled a remarkable collection of porcelain which is displayed in the basement galleries of his masterwork. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "A Visit to Atlanta's Historic Swan House, Where Whimsy and Chintz Still Reign," 27 Apr. 2018 Claude Monet’s final masterworks hang in a room all alone, in a far corner on the fifth floor, almost like a pilgrimage site on a mountaintop — a holy place, above the fray and beyond reproach., "The Brancusi gallery at the Museum of Modern Art.," 18 Oct. 2019 There were works, some of them masterworks, by Seurat, Toulouse-Lautrec, Modigliani, Bonnard, Vuillard, Signac, Renoir, and Degas, together with an important collection of African sculpture. Jed Perl, The New York Review of Books, "A Rage for Clarity," 29 Apr. 2020 Inside is The Last Judgment, 14th-century painter Pietro Cavallini's masterwork, one of the most famous examples of Roman Naturalism. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Slice of the Real Rome in One of Its Most Touristed Neighborhoods," 2 Apr. 2020 In terms of audio content, the deluxe 50th anniversary edition of The Kinks’ conceptual masterwork Arthur (Or The Decline and Fall of the British Empire) is generous. Ron Hart, Billboard, "These Are the Best Reissues of 2019," 19 Dec. 2019 First Cow is a masterwork of indie cinema—a tale that’s both charming and unsparing, suffused with equal measures of wonder and dread. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Film That You Might Not Hear About but Have to See," 10 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of masterwork

1617, in the meaning defined above

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“Masterwork.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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: a great work of art

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