raison d'être

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noun rai·son d'être \ˌrā-ˌzōⁿ-ˈdetrə\
variants: or less commonly

raison d'etre

Definition of raison d'être

plural

raisons d'être

also

raisons d'etre

play \-ˌzōⁿz-\
  1. :  reason or justification for existence

Examples of raison d'être in a Sentence

  1. Art is his raison d'être.

Origin and Etymology of raison d'être

French


RAISON D'ÊTRE Defined for English Language Learners

raison d'être

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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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