pièce de résistance

noun
pièce de ré·sis·tance | \ pē-ˌes-də-rə-ˌzē-ˈstän(t)s , -rā- , -ˈstäⁿs \
plural pièces de résistance\pē-ˌes-də-rə-ˌzē-ˈstän(t)s, -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.

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The other piece de resistance was a completely plumed black feather minidress that looked like a ball of exploding quills. Roxanne Robinson, The Hollywood Reporter, "Alexandre Vauthier Shows "Super Parisian" Couture Collection," 3 July 2018 Vaughn was one of 300 Chicago Public Schools students who spent Friday at Guaranteed Rate Field for a chess extravaganza — chess arts and crafts, 10 stations of chess lessons and, the piece de resistance, the Chess Lady. Heidi Stevens, chicagotribune.com, "Heroes don't always wear capes — sometimes they play chess (and wear a tiara)," 11 June 2018 The piece de resistance was a golden popover served warm. BostonGlobe.com, "Where to eat in Greater Boston," 15 June 2018 This spot also happens to hold the piece de resistance of the entire office: the bright pink sofa from High Fashion Home, whose furnishings are found throughout the space. Rachel Swalin, ELLE Decor, "Office Envy: Foodstirs' Modern Office Design In LA Is Not Your Average Workspace," 10 Mar. 2017 However, the piece de resistance of her look was her floral headpiece that completely enveloped her head. Cady Lang, Time, "The Most Over-the-Top Looks From the 2018 Met Gala," 8 May 2018 But the piece de resistance was in the trunk of the Odyssey: the HondaVAC. Anna Dysinger, Woman's Day, "A Cross-Country Family Trip in the 2014 Honda Odyssey," 27 May 2014 But the piece de resistance was their towering vanilla and sour cream wedding cake with peach apricot preserves and Earl Grey-milk chocolate buttercream. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Chrissy Teigen’s Carrot Cake, and More Unusual Celebrity Wedding Confections," 18 Apr. 2018 The piece de resistance was a golden popover served warm from the oven, crisp outside and doughy inside. BostonGlobe.com, "Free appetizers set the tone for a feast at Angelica’s," 30 Mar. 2018

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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

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: the best or most important thing or event

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