Definition of oeuvre
oeuvres\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
a novel that occupies a relatively minor position in the author's oeuvre
Recent Examples of oeuvre from the Web
The Beatles’ supremacy, like Shakespeare’s, lies in the whole oeuvre.
However, the movie, starring Matt Damon and the late Heath Ledger as the contentious siblings, lacked the magic touch found throughout the brothers’ eerie oeuvre.
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Origin and Etymology of oeuvre
French œuvre, literally, work, from Old French ovre, Latin opera — more at opera
First Known Use: 1889
OEUVRE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of oeuvre for English Language Learners
: all the works that a writer, an artist, or a composer has created
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