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n. pl. chefs-d'oeu·vre (shā-)
A masterpiece, especially in literature or art.
[French chef d'œuvre : chef, head, beginning + de, of + œuvre, work.]
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n, pl chefs-d'oeuvre (ʃɛdœvrə)
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chef-d'oeu•vre(Fr. ʃɛˈdœ vrə)
n., pl. chefs-d'oeu•vre (ʃɛˈdœ vrə)
[1610–20; < French]
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A French phrase meaning head of the work, used to mean a masterpiece.
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|Noun||1.||chef-d'oeuvre - 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"
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noun masterpiece, tour de force (French), magnum opus, masterwork, crowning achievement, brainchild This set of lithographs is the chef-d'oeuvre of the Polish artist Rojankowski.
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