objet d'art

ob·​jet d'art | \ˌȯb-ˌzhā-ˈdär \
plural objets d'art\ˌȯb-​ˌzhā-​ˈdär \

Definition of objet d'art 

1 : an article of some artistic value

2 : curio

called also objet

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Synonyms for objet d'art


curio, curiosity, exotic, oddity, oddment, rarity

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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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The restaurant's decor—which features artwork, objets d'art, and furniture from chef-owner Benjamin Seck's collection—is as colorful as the food. Hanya Yanagihara, Condé Nast Traveler, "50 Things to Do in Asia Before You Die," 24 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of objet d'art

circa 1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for objet d'art

French, literally, art object

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

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English Language Learners Definition of objet d'art

: a small object that is valued because it is beautiful or interesting : an object that has artistic value

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