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 pièces de résistance (audio) , -​rā-​ , -​ˈstäⁿs \

Definition of pièce de résistance

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

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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 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 The home’s piece de resistance, though, may be its spacious patio, which looks out onto the sea towards Denmark. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Swedish apartment for sale is a daring mix of old and new," 17 Sep. 2018 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

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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 13 Jul. 2020.

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: the best or most important thing or event

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