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

Examples of masterwork in a Sentence

his most famous novel is regarded as a masterwork of Western literature
Recent Examples on the Web The museum houses Stradivari, Amati, and Guarneri violins and cellos dating back to the 16th century, as well as recent masterworks by the world’s best luthiers. Julie Orringer, Travel + Leisure, 14 May 2024 The ad hoc nature of our system is exposed in Chekhov’s masterworks, which depend to an unusual degree on ensemble coordination. Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times, 9 May 2024 Beethoven and Schubert on tap Chamber Music Detroit’s historic 80th season concludes at 8 p.m. Saturday with the visionary Brentano Quartet and two of the greatest masterworks in the literature. Duante Beddingfield, Detroit Free Press, 8 May 2024 Czapek turned to its partner in other enamel masterworks, Donzé Cadrans, to create this stunning grand feu dial that radiates from the sub-seconds, shimmering like ripples on a still body of deep water. Allen Farmelo, Robb Report, 17 Apr. 2024 The Chorale’s season typically features a mix of masterworks and new compositions selected by artistic director Karen Kenaston-French, who is a professor and director of choral activities at UT Arlington. James Russell, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 11 Apr. 2024 The talk show host and renowned philanthropist owns a vast art collection, including an array of masterworks by diverse artists such as oGustav Klimt, Richard Edward Miller, and Hovsep Pushman. Natasha Gural, Forbes, 29 Feb. 2024 Wes Craven's masterwork is a dizzying, witty display of what makes horror movies fun while being plenty scary in its own right. Gwen Ihnat,, 26 Sep. 2023 McGegan, Chanticleer, SSV Conductor Nicholas McGegan’s return to lead the Cantata Collective in three Bach masterworks; radiant vocals; and film music in concert top this weekend’s classical music calendar, which has delights for every audience. Randy McMullen, The Mercury News, 20 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1617, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of masterwork was in 1617

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“Masterwork.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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