oeuvre

noun
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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Synonyms for oeuvre

Synonyms

corpus

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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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In the LeftTube oeuvre, no topic is too esoteric for discussion. Shaan Amin, The New Republic, "Can the Left Win YouTube?," 2 July 2019 North by Northwest comes closer than any other entry in Hitchcock’s oeuvre, and, indeed, closer than just about any other movie, to being the perfect movie. Alec Dent, National Review, "North by Northwest Turns 60," 28 June 2019 Waylon Night - Wes Morrison & the Stray Hares, Amy Robbins, Geoffery Cravero and more take on the oeuvre of troubadour Waylon Jennings. Trevor Fraser, orlandosentinel.com, "Amy Winehouse revival and more: 5 concerts for your Orlando area weekend," 13 June 2019 Landon’s oeuvre has not been fully cataloged, but more than a thousand of her poems, written with astonishing speed, facility, and confidence, have been identified. Richard Holmes, The New York Review of Books, "A New Kind of Heroine," 6 June 2019 After Lendino complained to Amazon about the counterfeit, the retailer wiped Thomas’s oeuvre from its store. David Streitfeld, BostonGlobe.com, "What happens after Amazon’s domination is complete? Its bookstore offers clues," 23 June 2019 But, perhaps predictably, the best bites of the night were the result of the chefs cooking in their respective oeuvres. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "An early taste of Pernoi, one of metro Detroit's most anticipated restaurants ever," 19 June 2019 Those fears appear to be justified, as this week GOG announced Telltale’s entire oeuvre will disappear on May 27, including The Wolf Among Us, Batman, Puzzle Agent, and Tales From the Borderlands. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Sims 4 for free, a Just Cause film, and Frostbite's hairy tech demo," 24 May 2019 To mark Taschen’s release of an oversize limited-edition monograph celebrating Bailey’s oeuvre, our oral history draws on accounts from models, friends and old flames, offering a vibrant portrait of how the lensman worked. Kristina O’neill, WSJ, "WSJ. Magazine Editor’s Letter: Drawing Inspiration," 4 Apr. 2019

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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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of oeuvre

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

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