oeu·​vre | \ ˈu̇-vrə How to pronounce oeuvre (audio) , ˈər-, ˈə-, ˈœ- \
plural oeuvres\ ˈu̇-​vrə How to pronounce oeuvres (audio) , ˈə(r)-​ , ˈœ-​ \

Definition of oeuvre

: a substantial body of work constituting the lifework of a writer, an artist, or a composer a catalogue of Rembrandt's oeuvre scrupulously examines Dickens' oeuvre in order to demonstrate how his convictions helped to determine the shape of his novels— G. J. Worth

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Examples of oeuvre in a Sentence

a novel that occupies a relatively minor position in the author's oeuvre
Recent Examples on the Web Stream it on Apple TV+ starting October 23, and once you’re done, travel in style through Coppola’s full oeuvre, all of which is available to stream. Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, "Where To Stream Every Sofia Coppola Movie After On The Rocks, Because We All Need A Stylish Escape," 23 Oct. 2020 Few works exemplify Sherman’s genre-defying oeuvre as well as the Untitled Film Stills. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why Photographer Cindy Sherman Is Still the Queen of Reinvention," 16 Oct. 2020 The Sinfonietta shed additional light on Price’s oeuvre with a string orchestra arrangement of the second movement of her String Quartet in G Major. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago Sinfonietta review: A message of hope and honoring of heroes sent via cyberspace," 18 Oct. 2020 His compact oeuvre is awash in threat, seduction and ambiguity. Teju Cole, New York Times, "In Dark Times, I Sought Out the Turmoil of Caravaggio’s Paintings," 23 Sep. 2020 Her oeuvre includes twelve collections of poetry as well as some volumes of essays on poetry. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meet the Women Who Won Nobel Prizes This Year," 9 Oct. 2020 The show brought critical acclaim to the pioneering minimalist whose oeuvre is defined by crisp lines, bold colors and geometric abstraction. Kerstin Czarra, New York Times, "The T List: Five Things We Recommend This Week," 8 Oct. 2020 As Brannan explains, the Harlem photographer’s oeuvre fills a gap in the institution’s coverage. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Library of Congress Acquires 100,000 Images by Harlem Photographer Shawn Walker," 24 Feb. 2020 His oeuvre includes everything from delicate folk songs about spiritual belief to a symphonic piece about the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. Mark Richardson, WSJ, "‘The Ascension’ by Sufjan Stevens Review: Darkness Meets the Divine," 21 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of oeuvre

1889, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for oeuvre

borrowed from French, literally, "work," going back to Old French ovre, going back to Latin opera "activity, effort, attention, work," collective derivative from oper-, opus "work, effort, product of labor" — more at opus

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The first known use of oeuvre was in 1889

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11 Nov 2020

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“Oeuvre.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oeuvre. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of oeuvre

formal : all the works that a writer, an artist, or a composer has created

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