pièce de résistance

noun
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 Rutgers' piece de resistance came early in the fourth quarter. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Ohio State football survives Rutgers' high-wire act in 49-27 victory," 8 Nov. 2020 The piece de resistance may be the aerodynamic Rapha-Palace trial helmet, which is long and ovular and ends with a yellow duck bill, and looks like something Elton John might fasten on his head for a trip to Pluto. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Is This the Ugliest Jersey in Sports History—or the Greatest?," 6 Oct. 2020 The piece de resistance in the library is a gold mirror above the mantel, a gift from Chamberlain to Franks. R. Stephanie Bruno, NOLA.com, "L-shaped lots gives couple's Uptown home a great outdoor entertainment space," 20 Aug. 2020 The patented polymer Slipstream Tip could be considered Terminal Ascent’s piece de resistance. Field & Stream, "Best of Both Worlds," 3 Aug. 2020 First- and second-graders went first, right up until the piece de resistance: the speeches from seventh- and eighth-graders. Beth Spotswood, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus crisis scraps triumphant return to Larkspur grade school," 25 Mar. 2020 The primal piece de resistance, though, is the fire garden that adorns what is, in more temperate times, CBG’s Rose Garden. Steve Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "A guide to the biggest holiday lights shows in the Chicago area, including Zoolights and a brand new look for the Chicago Botanic Garden," 20 Nov. 2019 The piece de resistance was her lavish, four tiered cake with metallic embellishments. Vogue, "Priyanka Chopra Threw Nick Jonas the Most Over the Top Birthday Party in Chicago," 18 Sep. 2019 The summer picnics are from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Fridays, July 26, Aug. 16, Sept. 27 and finally the piece de resistance, Lobsterfest on Thurs., October 18 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. sponsored by Regina Health Center. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland.com, "Get in the swing this summer at Brecksville Center for the Arts: Talk of the Towns," 5 July 2019

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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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“Pièce de résistance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pi%C3%A8ce%20de%20r%C3%A9sistance. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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pièce de résistance

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English Language Learners Definition of pièce de résistance

: the best or most important thing or event

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