oeuvre

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noun oeu·vre \ˈu̇-vrə, ˈə(r)-, ˈœ-\

Definition of oeuvre

plural

oeuvres

\ˈu̇-vrə, ˈə(r)-, ˈœ-\
  1. :  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

Examples of oeuvre in a sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of oeuvre

French œuvre, literally, work, from Old French ovre, Latin opera — more at opera


First Known Use: 1889

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OEUVRE Defined for English Language Learners

oeuvre

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noun oeu·vre \ˈu̇-vrə, ˈə(r)-, ˈœ-\

Definition of oeuvre for English Language Learners

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


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