piece de resistance


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pièce de ré·sis·tance

 (pyĕs də rā-zē-stäNs′)
n. pl. pièces de ré·sis·tance (pyĕs)
1. An outstanding accomplishment: "The bison is an evolutionary pièce de résistance, the result of thousands of years of genetic development under the toughest weather and geographical conditions" (B.J. Roche).
2. The principal dish of a meal.

[French : pièce, piece + de, of, with + résistance, staying power, lastingness.]

pièce de résistance

(pjɛs də rezistɑ̃s)
n
1. (Art Terms) the principal or most outstanding item in a series or creative artist's work
2. (Cookery) the main dish of a meal
[lit: piece of resistance]
piece de resistance - The original context for piece de resistance is what one is able to resist by eating the big dish—pangs of hunger.
See also related terms for hunger.

pièce de résistance

A French phrase meaning piece of strength, used to mean the best item in a group of creative works.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.piece de resistance - the outstanding item (the prize piece or main exhibit) in a collection
curio, curiosity, oddment, peculiarity, rarity, oddity - something unusual -- perhaps worthy of collecting
rariora - (plural) rare collector's items
2.piece de resistance - the most important dish of a meal
dish - a particular item of prepared food; "she prepared a special dish for dinner"

pièce de résistance

noun (French) masterpiece, jewel, showpiece, masterwork, chef-d'oeuvre (French) The pièce de résistance was a gold evening gown.
Translations

pièce de résistance

[ˌpjɛsdərezɪsˈtɑ̃ːs] N [of programme, exhibition] → atracción f principal; (on menu) → plato m principal; [of author, director] (= novel, film) → obra f maestra
his pièce de résistance was a goal in the 89th minutedio la campanada con un gol en el minuto 89

pièce de résistance

nKrönung f; and now the or my pièce de résistanceund nun die Krönung!

pièce de résistance

[pjɛsdərezistɑ̃s] ncavallo di battaglia
References in classic literature ?
Kitty and Levin would be of the party, and that this might not be obtrusively evident, there would be a girl cousin too, and young Shtcherbatsky, and la piece de resistance among the guests--Sergey Koznishev and Alexey Alexandrovitch.
Doctor's delicacies but the piece de resistance was undoubtedly the big platter of sea trout.
The latter were gorging themselves upon food and, under the very noses of their white masters, preparing the gruesome feast which is the PIECE DE RESISTANCE that follows a victory in which the bodies of their slain enemies fall into their horrid hands.
From a tree which overhung the palisade he looked down into the street where he saw the preparations going on which his experience told him indicated the approach of one of those frightful feasts the piece de resistance of which is human flesh.
In a moment Tarzan and Taug would be torn to shreds that would later form the PIECE DE RESISTANCE of the savage orgy of a Dum-Dum.
The piece de resistance though was her tongue which was rarely inside her mouth all night.
Its piece de resistance, however, is a massive artificial beach that offers a sea breeze and sunsets through a huge LED screen on one side of the building.
On show, until April 8, are a Ferrari FXX, six Ferrari 599XX and the piece de resistance, the F2007 - an outstanding showcase of the racing marque's decades of engineering excellence and racing expertise.
The piece de resistance is its large balcony overlooking the canal.
The piece de resistance, however, is Ruka, its Japanese fusion restaurant and lounge on the 24th floor that offers breathtaking sea views all around.
Gaga defended her stance saying, "You see a carcass, I see a museum piece de resistance.
Its piece de resistance is said to be the rectangular kitchen with marble floor tiles.