masterwork

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

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Examples of masterwork in a Sentence

his most famous novel is regarded as a masterwork of Western literature
Recent Examples on the Web Sleeping Beauty was the last true masterwork released during Walt Disney’s lifetime. Josh Spiegel, Vulture, "A Crash Course in the History of Disney Animation Through Disney+," 11 Jan. 2021 Following up a career-defining electro-psych masterwork like 2015's Currents is tough stuff, so no surprise that Tame Impala mastermind Kevin Parker took a half-decade to do so. Andrew Unterberger, Billboard, "The 25 Best Rock Albums of 2020: Staff Picks," 15 Dec. 2020 While many people have walked by the door and the façade, very few—likely less than one or two thousand—have ever gotten a chance to see what’s behind it: Glasner Studio, a private apartment completed in 1932 that’s considered Miller’s masterwork. Liz Logan, Smithsonian Magazine, "A New Virtual Tour Takes Us Inside Architect Edgar Miller’s Masterwork," 10 Dec. 2020 This is a masterwork, the culmination of author Darra Goldstein’s lifelong dedication to Russian food and culture. Washington Post, "Our favorite cookbooks of 2020," 9 Dec. 2020 So there is real magic in the birth of Citizen Kane, a masterwork that crept up on one of its creators, and that left a lasting crater, as Fincher put it, in our culture. David Sims, The Atlantic, "David Fincher’s Theory of Moviemaking," 4 Dec. 2020 The 950-year-old tapestry, considered a masterwork of propaganda, covers 60 scenes in the road to triumph, Nat Geo’s History magazine reports. National Geographic, "What Kamala Harris means," 9 Nov. 2020 An intriguing collection of Chicago backstories can be found just off-camera in Welles’ 1941 masterwork. chicagotribune.com, "Holiday streaming: Movies, TV to watch this holiday season," 20 Nov. 2020 Rivera’s masterwork is a celebration of the working class in Detroit and depicts assembly-line workers at Ford’s River Rouge Plant in Dearborn in colors that only the fresco technique can achieve. Ryan Patrick Hooper, Detroit Free Press, "Glossy vs. gritty: 2 new DIA exhibits celebrate auto design, blue-collar life in Michigan," 14 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of masterwork

1617, in the meaning defined above

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“Masterwork.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/masterwork. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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masterwork

noun

English Language Learners Definition of masterwork

: a great work of art

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