oeuvre

noun
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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Examples of oeuvre in a Sentence

a novel that occupies a relatively minor position in the author's oeuvre

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Af Klint definitely deserves our attention, but her curious life and oeuvre remain a footnote to the history of modernist abstraction. Lance Esplund, WSJ, "‘Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future’ Review: Modernism’s Missing Link?," 13 Oct. 2018 The Pradamalia are fantasy charms composed of elements of the Prada oeuvre. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prada Apologizes After Being Accused of Using Racist Imagery," 15 Dec. 2018 These new elements combined to create an outfit that felt fresh instead of borrowed from West’s fashion oeuvre. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Travis Scott Brings Back a Classic (And Kanye-Approved) Piece of Philo-Era Celine," 12 Nov. 2018 Roberta's Arguably the originator of the Brooklyn hipster restaurant oeuvre, Roberta’s and its famous pizza cemented Bushwick’s spot on the culinary destination map. Keith Flanagan, Condé Nast Traveler, "19 Best Places for Pizza in New York City," 1 Mar. 2018 Bernstein’s complete oeuvre is massive, spawning everything from Broadway musicals to jazz singles to symphonies and ballets. Aja Romano, Vox, "Leonard Bernstein gave American music so much more than West Side Story.," 25 Aug. 2018 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

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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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oeuvre

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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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