oeu·​vre | \ ˈu̇-vrə How to pronounce oeuvre (audio) , ˈər-, ˈə-, ˈœ- \
plural oeuvres\ ˈu̇-​vrə How to pronounce oeuvre (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
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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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“Oeuvre.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oeuvre. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of oeuvre

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

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