raison d'être

noun rai·son d'être \ ˌrā-ˌzōⁿ-ˈde-trə , -ˈdetrᵊ \
variants: or less commonly raison d'etre
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of raison d'être

plural raisons d'être also raisons d'etre play \ˌrā-ˌzōⁿz-ˈde-trə, -ˈdetrᵊ\
: reason or justification for existence

Examples of raison d'être in a Sentence

  1. Art is his raison d'être.

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Origin and Etymology of raison d'être

French


RAISON D'ÊTRE Defined for English Language Learners

raison d'être

noun

Definition of raison d'être for English Language Learners

  • : the thing that is most important to someone or something : the reason for which a person or organization exists


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