objet d'art

noun

ob·​jet d'art ˌȯb-ˌzhā-ˈdär How to pronounce objet d'art (audio)
plural objets d'art ˌȯb-ˌzhā-ˈdär How to pronounce objet d'art (audio)
1
: an article of some artistic value
2
: curio

called also objet

Examples of objet d'art in a Sentence

The house is decorated with objets d'art from around the world. the museum's collection is strongest in objets d'art from the South Pacific
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Word History

Etymology

borrowed from French, "art object"

First Known Use

circa 1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of objet d'art was circa 1865

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“Objet d'art.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/objet%20d%27art. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

objet d'art

noun
ob·​jet d'art ˌȯb-ˌzhā-ˈdär How to pronounce objet d'art (audio)
plural objets d'art ˌȯb-ˌzhā-ˈdär How to pronounce objet d'art (audio)
: an article of artistic value
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