oeu·​vre | \ ˈu̇-vrə How to pronounce oeuvre (audio) , ˈər-, ˈə-, ˈœ- \
plural oeuvres\ ˈu̇-​vrə How to pronounce oeuvres (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
Recent Examples on the Web Cyd kept going, deeper into Fitzerald’s oeuvre and the work of other authors. Mark Oppenheimer, Washington Post, "An undiscovered library: My wife’s books," 10 July 2020 Coppola herself is no stranger to mythmaking, hailing from one of film’s most famous families, building her own cinematic oeuvre, and functioning as the patient zero of ’90s personal style. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Sofia Coppola Goes Behind the Scenes at Chanel in a New Documentary," 10 July 2020 The New Mexico native’s oeuvre has been praised for its embodiment of the New Mexican experience. Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times, "Author Rudolfo Anaya, towering figure of Chicano literature, dies at 82," 30 June 2020 Headlines like that took center stage, and that crowded out the more crucial conversation about the importance of black filmmakers' work (a battle that Lee's own oeuvre all-too-often lost both in popular opinion and in major awards ceremonies). Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods is a hard watch, but an easy Netflix recommendation," 19 June 2020 This narrative is very much in line with Apatow’s oeuvre. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The King of Staten Island," 13 June 2020 Champalimaud’s upbringing is as international as her oeuvre: She was born and raised outside of Lisbon and was based in Montreal before moving to New York. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "An A-List Designer Creates the Ideal Kitchen Table," 21 Apr. 2020 Perl also addresses Calder’s skills as a draftsman and printmaker – two aspects of his oeuvre that are easily overlooked. Terry W. Hartle, The Christian Science Monitor, "Alexander Calder upended the seriousness of art," 17 Apr. 2020 His entire oeuvre is abstract and minimal yet still has the ability to elicit a story and take on a narrative quality. Luke Kurtis, Quartz, "The phone has become a tool for transforming how we experience art," 7 Apr. 2020

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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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14 Jul 2020

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“Oeuvre.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oeuvre. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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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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