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

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Melbourne’s National Gallery of Victoria is home to incredible works of art, from Monet paintings and Rodin sculptures to masterworks by Australian artists like Henry Burn and Lina Bryans. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "In Melbourne, Australian Vogue and the Australian Fashion Council Celebrate Local Talent," 25 Jan. 2019 Some arts lovers live in restless hope, forever seeking previously unappreciated masterworks. David Mermelstein, WSJ, "The Struggles of Jacques Becker," 1 Aug. 2018 The acronym is never explained, but once it has been read aloud, any reader of Melville’s 1851 masterwork will know to expect a bad ending. Clea Simon,, "In Jordy Rosenberg’s new novel, it’s a trans, trans, trans, trans world," 22 June 2018 How would the latest creations by Mr. Taylor, who has been churning out dances steadily since 1954, stack up against the masterworks in his vast and varied repertory? Brian Seibert, New York Times, "Review: Paul Taylor Classics Outshine New Dances (His and Others’)," 11 Mar. 2018 Funded by crowds, powered by cranks, Barry Crawford's metallic masterwork has been featured at festivals as diverse as Burning Man and Maker Faire. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "This Giant Robot Squid Is Creepily Awesome," 24 May 2016 But the mural was completed by the time Messi and the Argentines arrived from Moscow on Friday, and now the French will try to prevent Messi from creating any masterworks of his own in Kazan Arena. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "France and Argentina Meet in an Elite Battle for World Cup Survival," 29 June 2018 Whether saying Kaddish over the corpse of Roy Cohn or lending doughty support to an eccentric stranger battling AIDS, Brown movingly communicates the moral vision of Tony Kushner’s epic masterwork. Charles Mcnulty,, "Tony nominees: 6 featured performances that stole the spotlight, turning small roles into big memories," 9 June 2018 The great masterworks of the past not only shaped what came afterward, but continue to find their meaning changed retroactively as new works of art reimagine them through the prism of the present. Jeremy Eichler,, "Passing the two-decade mark, Chameleon forges ahead with music looking back," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of masterwork

1617, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of masterwork

: a great work of art

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