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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.]
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chef-d'oeuvre

(ʃɛdœvrə)
n, pl chefs-d'oeuvre (ʃɛdœvrə)
a masterpiece
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chef-d'oeu•vre

(Fr. ʃɛˈdœ vrə)

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

A French phrase meaning head of the work, used to mean a masterpiece.
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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"
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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.
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chef-d'oeuvre

noun
An outstanding and ingenious work:
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Translations

chef-d'oeuvre

[ˌʃeɪˈdɜːvrə] N (chefs-d'oeuvre (pl)) [ˌʃeɪˈdɜːvrə]obra f maestra
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The travelers could distinguish clearly cones, central hills, remarkable positions of the soil, naturally placed to receive the chefs-d'oeuvre of Selenite architecture.
In the centre of the room was a Roller and Blanchet "baby grand" piano in rosewood, but holding the potentialities of an orchestra in its narrow and sonorous cavity, and groaning beneath the weight of the chefs-d'oeuvre of Beethoven, Weber, Mozart, Haydn, Gretry, and Porpora.
Il y a de quoi, car c'est effectivement aberrant que de monter des chefs-d'oeuvre en matiere de restauration, avec coeur et savoir-faire et se confronter a une competitivite injuste et insensee.
Establishing the Islamic welfare state in line with seventh century Muslim state of Madinah, eradication of corruption to the roots, strengthening the national institutions, levitating the esteem of the country in comity of nations, promising the economic stability and diverting the other national fault lines are a few cadenced chefs-d'oeuvre that he has been offering.
[beaucoup plus grand que] Le public aura l'occasion de redecouvrir cinq chefs-d'oeuvre. On citera, entre autres, [beaucoup moins que] Hassan Taxi [beaucoup plus grand que], produit par Mohamed Tahar Harhoura, dont l'histoire gravite autour du personnage de Hassen, remarquablement interprete par Rouiched, aux cotes de Salwa, Robert Castel, Lucette Sahuquet.
D'un coup de baguette, la troupe artistique, qui compte dans ses rangs des musiciens representants les cinq continents, est passe de la saveur chinoise a une symphonie entierement occidentale, qui ressuscite les chefs-d'oeuvre mythiques de Beethoven et Tchaikovski.
" Les maisons particulieres ont beaucoup de cachet ; plusieurs sont de petits chefs-d'oeuvre de style arabe.
In fact, the exhibition--as the question mark in its title, "Chefs-d'oeuvre?" (Masterpieces?), implies--addresses both the evolving meaning of the term masterpiece and the factors that contribute to works acquiring and maintaining this status.
Pasco, dans son introduction, dit d'ailleurs avoir voulu inclure a la fois des "chefs-d'oeuvre" et un "eventail de sujets, d'approches et de styles caracteristiques des oeuvres du dix-neuvieme siecle" (19).
J'ai d'abord voulu constituer un repertoire personnel des chefs-d'oeuvre de design produits par ces peuples.