oeu·​vre ˈu̇-vrə How to pronounce oeuvre (audio)
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plural oeuvres ˈu̇-vrə How to pronounce oeuvre (audio)
ˈœ- How to pronounce oeuvre (audio)
: 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 novelsG. J. Worth

Examples of oeuvre in a Sentence

a novel that occupies a relatively minor position in the author's oeuvre
Recent Examples on the Web If a copy of the collection proves difficult to rustle up, settle for another wonderful entry from Borges's oeuvre—Ficciones, surrealist short stories, might bear the closest resemblance. Julian Manning, Condé Nast Traveler, 30 May 2024 And then there is a huge shock, an amazing double-part finale that is both the most tragic in the AHS oeuvre and also showcases some of the most evocative experimental filmmaking ever seen on cable TV. Brian Moylan, Vulture, 26 Apr. 2024 In an age of image inundation — when the violence of fascist regimes are on full display — revisiting Cole’s oeuvre serves as a reminder of the power of acknowledging what lays before you. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 May 2024 Just like professional artists who work and rework a set of ideas and motifs, Mackintosh, Miller and Scott spent decades honing private languages, resulting in oeuvres that embody their powerful personal visions. Jonathan Griffin, New York Times, 7 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for oeuvre 

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1889, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of oeuvre was in 1889

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“Oeuvre.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oeuvre. Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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