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mas·ter·piece

 (măs′tər-pēs′)
n.
1. An outstanding work of art or craft.
2. The greatest work, as of an artist. Also called masterwork.
3. Something superlative of its kind: a masterpiece of political ingenuity.

[Probably translation of Dutch meesterstuk or German Meisterstück : Dutch meester and German Meister, master + Dutch stuk and German Stück, piece of work.]

masterpiece

(ˈmɑːstəˌpiːs) or less commonly

masterwork

n
1. an outstanding work, achievement, or performance
2. the most outstanding piece of work of a creative artist, craftsman, etc
[C17: compare Dutch meesterstuk, German Meisterstück, a sample of work submitted to a guild by a craftsman in order to qualify for the rank of master]

mas•ter•piece

(ˈmæs tərˌpis, ˈmɑ stər-)

n.
1. a person's greatest piece of work, as in an art.
2. a fine example of skill or excellence: a masterpiece of improvisation.
3. a piece made by a person aspiring to the rank of master in a medieval guild.
[1570–80]

masterpiece

- Originally, it was used in a technical or academic sense to apply to a work that was presented to a medieval guild for qualification as a "master."
See also related terms for technical.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.masterpiece - the most outstanding work of a creative artist or craftsmanmasterpiece - the most outstanding work of a creative artist or craftsman
piece of work, work - a product produced or accomplished through the effort or activity or agency of a person or thing; "it is not regarded as one of his more memorable works"; "the symphony was hailed as an ingenious work"; "he was indebted to the pioneering work of John Dewey"; "the work of an active imagination"; "erosion is the work of wind or water over time"
2.masterpiece - an outstanding achievement
accomplishment, achievement - the action of accomplishing something

masterpiece

noun classic, tour de force (French), pièce de résistance (French), magnum opus, master work, jewel, chef-d'oeuvre (French) His book is a masterpiece.

masterpiece

noun
An outstanding and ingenious work:
Translations
تُحْفَه فَنِّيَّه رائِعَهرَائِعَةٌ
mistrovské dílo
hovedværkmesterværk
mestariteos
remek djelo
mestermű
meistaraverk, snilldarverk
傑作
걸작
majstrovské dielo
mojstrovina
mästerverk
งานชิ้นเอก
şaheserbaşyapıt
kiệt tác

masterpiece

[ˈmɑːstəpiːs] Nobra f maestra

masterpiece

[ˈmɑːstərpiːs] n
[artist, writer] → chef-d'œuvre m
to be sb's masterpiece [book, work of art] → être le chef-d'œuvre de qn
(= supreme example) a masterpiece of sth → un chef-d'œuvre de qchmaster plan nschéma m directeurmaster's degree Master's degree, master's [ˈmɑːstərz] nmaîtrise f
I've a master's in economics → J'ai une maîtrise d'économie.

masterpiece

[ˈmaːstəˌpiːs] ncapolavoro

master

(ˈmaːstə) feminine mistress (ˈmistris) noun
1. a person or thing that commands or controls. I'm master in this house!
2. an owner (of a slave, dog etc). The dog ran to its master.
3. a male teacher. the Maths master.
4. the commander of a merchant ship. the ship's master.
5. a person very skilled in an art, science etc. He's a real master at painting.
6. (with capital) a polite title for a boy, in writing or in speaking. Master John Smith.
adjective
(of a person in a job) fully qualified, skilled and experienced. a master builder/mariner/plumber.
verb
1. to overcome (an opponent, handicap etc). She has mastered her fear of heights.
2. to become skilful in. I don't think I'll ever master arithmetic.
ˈmasterful adjective
showing the power, authority or determination of a master. a masterful man.
ˈmasterfully adverb
ˈmasterfulness noun
ˈmasterly adjective
showing the skill of a master. His handling of the situation was masterly.
ˈmasterliness noun
ˈmastery noun
(usually with over or of) control, great skill or knowledge. We have gained mastery over the enemy.
master key
a key which opens a number of locks.
ˈmastermind noun
the person planning and controlling an undertaking or scheme. He was the mastermind behind the scheme.
verb
to plan (such a scheme). Who masterminded the robbery?
ˈmasterpiece noun
a piece of work or art worthy (to be called the greatest achievement) of a master. He considers this picture his masterpiece.
master stroke
a very clever thing to do. This sudden, unexpected attack was a master stroke.
master switch
a switch for controlling a number of other switches. There is a master switch that controls all the electricity.
master of ceremonies abbreviation ( MC)
a person who announces the various stages of an entertainment, formal social gathering, series of speakers at a dinner etc. The master of ceremonies introduced the speaker.

masterpiece

رَائِعَةٌ mistrovské dílo mesterværk Meisterstück αριστούργημα obra maestra mestariteos chef d’œuvre remek djelo capolavoro 傑作 걸작 meesterstuk mesterverk arcydzieło obra-prima шедевр mästerverk งานชิ้นเอก şaheser kiệt tác 杰作
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And I have carried on myself upon the tall spars of that Clyde shipbuilder's masterpiece as I have never carried on in a ship before or since.
A few more touches, and the masterpiece would be ready for purchase.
Lewis Carroll absolutely conquered the difficulties, but I am not sure that anyone after him until Hugh Lofting has really managed the trick; even in such a masterpiece as "The Wind in the Willows" we are not quite convinced.
He looked at the workmanship; there was not one false stitch in the whole job; all was so neat and true, that it was quite a masterpiece.
And, in so far as he could direct, he varied not one jot from the details of that vividly conceived masterpiece of hellishness during the twenty years which followed.
Then followed a speech, a masterpiece of rhetoric, which occupied nearly a day in the delivery, and to which no summary can do justice.
Imagine my surprise when he said it was a masterpiece, and offered me thirty thousand francs.
It was a masterpiece of its kind, and bid defiance to all the projectiles of the world.
Upon my word I am astonished," said Mrs Western; "this is, indeed, a masterpiece of assurance.
The pint-pots were great strokes of genius: but the milk-can was a perfect masterpiece.
She soon after left the studio, bearing with her, in her memory, the image of a man's head, as beauteous as that of the Endymion, a masterpiece of Girodet's which she had lately copied.
If they would only show you a masterpiece of art, or a venerable tomb, or a prison-house, or a battle-field, hallowed by touching memories or historical reminiscences, or grand traditions, and then step aside and hold still for ten minutes and let you think, it would not be so bad.