raison d'être

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-\
: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

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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