oeuvre

noun oeu·vre \ ˈu̇-vrə , ˈər- , ˈə- , ˈœ- \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of oeuvre

plural oeuvres play \ˈu̇-vrə, ˈə(r)-, ˈœ-\
: 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

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Origin and Etymology of 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

oeuvre Synonyms

Synonyms
corpus
Related Words
output; canon

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OEUVRE Defined for English Language Learners

oeuvre

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Definition of oeuvre for English Language Learners

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


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