mas·​ter·​work ˈma-stər-ˌwərk How to pronounce masterwork (audio)

Examples of masterwork in a Sentence

his most famous novel is regarded as a masterwork of Western literature
Recent Examples on the Web The talk show host and renowned philanthropist owns a vast art collection, including an array of masterworks by diverse artists such as oGustav Klimt, Richard Edward Miller, and Hovsep Pushman. Natasha Gural, Forbes, 29 Feb. 2024 Wes Craven's masterwork is a dizzying, witty display of what makes horror movies fun while being plenty scary in its own right. Gwen Ihnat,, 26 Sep. 2023 McGegan, Chanticleer, SSV Conductor Nicholas McGegan’s return to lead the Cantata Collective in three Bach masterworks; radiant vocals; and film music in concert top this weekend’s classical music calendar, which has delights for every audience. Randy McMullen, The Mercury News, 20 Mar. 2024 Indianapolis Symphony's upcoming season:Star Wars, Beatles and masterworks After a four-year search, the symphony announced Tuesday that Märkl will become its permanent leader — the eighth music director in the history of the 94-year-old ensemble. The Indianapolis Star, 23 Jan. 2024 In 2013, Jonathan V. Last wrote What to Expect When No One’s Expecting, an underappreciated masterwork in identifying the trends that matter and projecting them. Patrick T. Brown, National Review, 25 Jan. 2024 What there is instead is a brilliantly inventive magnum opus by Anaïs Mitchell, a masterwork that garnered eight Tony Awards when — after a rambling route of out-of-town productions, a concert tour, a concept album and off-Broadway stagings — the show debuted on the Great White Way in 2019. Rod Stafford Hagwood, Sun Sentinel, 10 Jan. 2024 Aesthetically, Saltburn is a visual masterwork, with production design and cinematography to die for. Joey Nolfi,, 1 Dec. 2023 Yes, Duncan did get very close to the artist, who made a dog bowl for Duncan’s dog, Lump, and then painted him into a masterwork. Darryl Levings, Kansas City Star, 26 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1617, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of masterwork was in 1617

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“Masterwork.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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