oeu·​vre | \ˈu̇-vrə, ˈər-, ˈə-, ˈœ-\
plural oeuvres\ ˈu̇-​vrə , 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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a novel that occupies a relatively minor position in the author's oeuvre

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This lack of a clear protagonist is not incompetence on Kubrick's part, as every other film in his oeuvre demonstrates. Peter Opaskar, Ars Technica, "2001 in 70mm: Pod bay doors look better than ever, still won’t open," 21 July 2018 And that’s not to forget the entire tar-black comic oeuvre of Martin McDonagh. Andrzej Lukowski, New York Times, "British Plays Are Better. There, I Said It.," 22 June 2018 Tangerini follows closely in this ancient tradition, with one exception: color does not feature prominently in her oeuvre. Leila Mcneill, Smithsonian, "The Botanical Artist Who Translates Plant Science Into Beautiful Art," 10 July 2018 Literary sources figure prominently in Mr. Cerrone’s oeuvre, which thus far consists primarily of chamber and solo pieces. David Mermelstein, WSJ, "New-Music Premieres in Detroit," 31 May 2018 The Huggins oeuvre is the essence of the man himself: brief, to the point, technical, adaptable, unfussy and, beneath it all, quite generous. Marc Tracy, New York Times, "Bob Huggins Is March’s Author-in-Residence," 14 Mar. 2018 Since the 1980s, the group’s writings have emphasized the heterogeneity of Caribbean history, the fundamental contiguity of life and literature with ecology, and a tradition of oral storytelling that has become the touchstone of Chamoiseau’s oeuvre. New York Times, "Fleeing a Caribbean Plantation Into a Mythic Wilderness," 27 June 2018 There are two lyrics in Beyoncé’s oeuvre that sum up the paradox that makes her so astonishingly compelling. Constance Grady, Vox, "Beyoncé is a paradox. That’s what makes her an icon.," 16 June 2018 Rand certainly got around over the years; Four Decades divides his oeuvre into four dramatic scene changes: Maine, New York, Berlin, and Spain. Samantha Swenson, ELLE Decor, "American Artist William Rand Releases His First Monograph," 14 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of oeuvre

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

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