pièce de résistance

pièce de ré·​sis·​tance | \ pē-ˌes-də-rə-ˌzē-ˈstän(t)s How to pronounce pièce de résistance (audio) , -rā-, -ˈstäⁿs \
plural pièces de résistance\ pē-​ˌes-​də-​rə-​ˌzē-​ˈstän(t)s How to pronounce pièce de résistance (audio) , -​rā-​ , -​ˈstäⁿs \

Definition of pièce de résistance

1 : the chief dish of a meal
2 : an outstanding item or event : showpiece

Examples of pièce de résistance in a Sentence

The pièce de résistance of the whole concert was when the two bands came onstage to perform together. The waiter suggested we try the restaurant's pièce de résistance: the chocolate soufflé.
Recent Examples on the Web The piece de resistance is a coconut cake in the shape of two breasts, topped with cherries for good measure. Justin Curto, Vulture, 8 Dec. 2021 At age 36, the NBA’s active career assist leader has proven to be the piece de resistance to Phoenix’s reconstruction plan. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, 22 Nov. 2021 But the dial’s piece de resistance is its precision moon phase indicator, which requires only one adjustment every 122 years. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 2 Nov. 2021 And the piece de resistance, a beautiful 23-yard touchdown throw to Bourne, the ball sandwiched perfectly between two defenders, Bourne perfectly high-pointing the catch and bridging it down. Tara Sullivan, BostonGlobe.com, 14 Nov. 2021 But the piece de resistance is the owner’s suite on the upper level. Howard Walker, Robb Report, 29 Oct. 2021 The piece de resistance: in the background, to the right, a replica of the very farmhouse where Droz was born. Victoria Gomelsky, Robb Report, 2 July 2021 But the piece de resistance is the stunning Lalique Suite, added just two years ago and essentially brand new (given the pandemic). Larry Olmsted, Forbes, 3 Sep. 2021 Director Justin Lin’s first big chase scene since his piece de resistance at the end of Fast & Furious 6 does not disappoint. Nick Allen, Vulture, 28 June 2021

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First Known Use of pièce de résistance

1789, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pièce de résistance

French, literally, piece of resistance

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17 Dec 2021

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“Pièce de résistance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pi%C3%A8ce%20de%20r%C3%A9sistance. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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: the best or most important thing or event

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