chef-d'oeuvre


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chef-d'oeu·vre

 (shā-dœ′vrə, -dûrv′)
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.]

chef-d'oeuvre

(ʃɛdœvrə)
n, pl chefs-d'oeuvre (ʃɛdœvrə)
a masterpiece

chef-d'oeu•vre

(Fr. ʃɛˈdœ vrə)

n., pl. chefs-d'oeu•vre (ʃɛˈdœ vrə)
a masterpiece.
[1610–20; < French]

chef-d'oeuvre

A French phrase meaning head of the work, used to mean a masterpiece.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.chef-d'oeuvre - the most outstanding work of a creative artist or craftsmanchef-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"

chef-d'oeuvre

(French)
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.

chef-d'oeuvre

noun
An outstanding and ingenious work:
Translations

chef-d'oeuvre

[ˌʃeɪˈdɜːvrə] N (chefs-d'oeuvre (pl)) [ˌʃeɪˈdɜːvrə]obra f maestra
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Somewhat later another Frenchman, named Fontenelle, wrote `The Plurality of Worlds,' a chef-d'oeuvre of its time.
Tulliver, whose mind was actively engaged on the possibility of getting a humble imitation of this chef-d'oeuvre made from a piece of silk she had at home.
Pour le doyen, principal artisan de ce chef-d'oeuvre, les etudiants recherchent, sans cesse, un site agreable pour se sentir motive pour l'apprentissage et l'epanouissement et ressentir le besoin de s'approprier les lieux en contribuant a leur rayonnement.
Bass soloist John Relyea distinguished himself during the concert with the weight of his voice, providing the study bedrock for the Verdi's chef-d'oeuvre.
PARIS -- JF-17 Thunder, the multi-role fighter jet of Pakistan Air Force (PAF) was the 'chef-d'oeuvre' (masterpiece) among the hundred and forty aircraft displayed at the Paris Air Show, held last month from June 17 to 23 at Le Bourget in Paris, said the officials who attended the event on Saturday.
Des millions de touristes visitent chaque annee ce chef-d'oeuvre de l'art catholique romain, a ajoute la meme source.
La Grande mosquee d`Alger, consideree comme la plus grande en Afrique et la troisieme dans le monde apres celles de la Mecque (Masdjid El-Haram) et de Medine (Masdjid Al-Nabawi) et dotee du plus haut minaret au monde, constitue un chef-d'oeuvre architectural, un monument religieux et un edifice culturel, dont la livraison est prevue pour fin 2018.
I didn't even think I'd be living this long," she confesses in the roaring, throaty laugh instantly familiar from "Faces" and her Oscar-nominated chef-d'oeuvre "A Woman Under the Influence."
His spectacular calligraphy chef-d'oeuvre features chapter 112 (Al-Ikhlas or The Sincerity) of the holy Quran which reads: "Say, He is Allah, [who is] One.
Modi's chef-d'oeuvre is not the "progress" of Gujarat; it is the pogrom of Gujarat of 2002.
Cet evenement, declare Chef-d'oeuvre du Patrimoine Immateriel de l'Humanite par l'UNESCO en 2005, reflete egalement les coutumes et les traditions ancestrales des habitants des provinces du Sud du Royaume et constitue un point de rencontres pour renouveler les liens solides entre les tribus sahraouies, souligne la publication dans sa derniere livraison.
Most adults flip their focus to the end result and unless they have worked on an award winning chef-d'oeuvre, all creative joy vanishes.