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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Not far from him is a vitrine holding a masterwork of Filippo Negroli, a 16th-century Milanese master craftsmen who seems to have been something like the JAR of the Italian armor world: innovative, often imitated, revered. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "Louis Vuitton's New High Jewelry Collection Was Inspired by Medieval Heroines," 27 Aug. 2019 That film, a financial disappointment in its day but now considered a masterwork, wrote a mournful valentine to a movie genre as well as a transitional point in American history. Michael Phillips,, "‘Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood’ review: With Tarantino prospecting, there’s tarnished gold (and the Manson family) lurking in Hollywood hills," 19 July 2019 But Moneypenny’s masterwork is still Daytona, even though since 1988 cars there and at Talladega have been required to use restrictor plates to reduce power and speed. Dave Caldwell, New York Times, "The Forgotten Figure Behind Daytona International Speedway," 7 July 2018 Martin Hairer’s masterwork is so fantastic, so fully baked and so far out of left field, one fellow mathematician declared, that the manuscript must have been downloaded into his brain by a more intelligent alien race. Quanta Magazine, "In Noisy Equations, One Who Heard Music," 12 Aug. 2014 Later this summer, Freddy will host a BBC documentary A Fresh Guide to Florence, which will muse on black representation in masterworks of painting and sculpture in the 15th- and 16th-century Italian Renaissance. Nick Williams, Billboard, "Listen to Fab 5 Freddy's Fourth of July Cookout-Themed #TBT Mixtape," 4 July 2019 There are, though, differences between the two masterworks. The Economist, "Vasily Grossman, the greatest bard of the second world war," 7 June 2019 Yesterday, these masterpieces were accompanied by masterworks of fashion. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "In Melbourne, Australian Vogue and the Australian Fashion Council Celebrate Local Talent," 25 Jan. 2019 The novel has been rightly praised as a masterwork of realism, and the scenes are cacophonous with noises and pungent with smells. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: Black and White, in Wind and Fog," 22 Feb. 2019

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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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