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masterpiece

noun

  1. (piece of work)  the most outstanding work of a creative artist or craftsman
    Synonyms: chef d'oeuvre [French], chef-d'oeuvre [French], masterwork. Type of: piece of work
  2. (accomplishment)  an outstanding achievement
    Synonyms: masterwork. Type of: accomplishment

Etymology summary

compare Dutch meesterstuk, German Meisterstück, a sample of work submitted to a...
(Source: Collins Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Masterpiece

in modern usage refers to a creation that has been given much critical praise, especially one that is considered the greatest work of a person's career or to a work of outstanding creativity, skill, or workmanship. Originally, the term masterpiece ... (40 of 343 words, 2 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Masterpiece

Masterpiece (disambiguation)

a creation that is considered the greatest work of a person's career, or any work of outstanding creativity or skill. Masterpiece or The Masterpiece may also refer to: Masterpiece (The Isley Brothers album), 1985 | Masterpiece (Just-Ice album), 1990 | ... (38 of 223 words, 20 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Masterpiece (disambiguation)

Collins Dictionary:

masterpiece | less commonly masterwork

an outstanding work, achievement, or performance | the most outstanding piece of work of a creative artist, craftsman, etc (18 of 422 words, 2 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/masterpiece

Merriam-Webster:

masterpiece | chef d'oeuvre [masterpiece] | classic [synonym, sense-specific] | magnum opus [synonym, sense-specific] | masterwork [synonym, sense-specific] | masterstroke [similar, sense-specific] | pièce de résistance [similar, sense-specific] | showpiece [similar, sense-specific] | tour de force [similar, sense-specific] | ...

a work done with extraordinary skill ; especially, a supreme intellectual or artistic achievement | a piece of work presented to a medieval guild as ... (24 of 121 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/masterpiece

Macmillan British Dictionary:

masterpiece [countable] | masterpieces [plural]

an excellent painting, book, piece of music etc, or the best work of art that a particular artist, writer, musician etc has ever produced | an ... (25 of 71 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/masterpiece

Random House Dictionary:

masterpiece | masterwork

a person's greatest piece of work, as in an art. | anything done with masterly skill. | a consummate example of skill or excellence of any kind. | a ... (26 of 70 words, 4 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/masterpiece

Cambridge Dictionary:

masterpiece | masterwork

("masterwork") a work of art such as a painting, film or book which is done or made with great skill, and is often a person's greatest work | a ... (28 of 62 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/masterpiece

Oxford Dictionary:

masterpiece | chef-d'œuvre | chef-d'oeuvre | masterwork

a work of outstanding artistry, skill, or workmanship | [historical] : a piece of work by a craftsman accepted as qualification for membership of a ... (24 of 59 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/masterpiece

American Heritage Dictionary:

masterpiece | masterwork [sense-specific]

An outstanding work of art or craft. | The greatest work, as of an artist. | Something superlative of its kind (19 of 54 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/masterpiece

Wiktionary:

masterpiece | masterpieces [plural] | chef d'oeuvre | chefs d'oeuvre [plural] | pièce de résistance [idiomatic] | pièces de résistance [idiomatic, plural] | piece de resistance [idiomatic] | pieces de resistance [idiomatic, plural] | chef-d'œuvre [idiomatic, plural]

A piece of work that has been given much critical praise, especially one that is considered the greatest work of a person's career. | A work of outstanding creativity, skill or workmanship. | A work created in order to qualify as a master craftsman and... (43 of 49 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/masterpiece

New World Dictionary:

masterpiece | masterwork

a thing made or done with masterly skill; great work of art or craftsmanship | the greatest work made or done by a person or group (25 of 33 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/masterpiece

Encarta Dictionary:

masterpiece | masterpieces [plural] | masterwork [arts, sense-specific, sometimes offensive]

an exceptionally good piece of creative work, e.g. a book, movie, or performance (sometimes considered offensive) | the best piece of work by a ... (23 of 89 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861628683​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Collins Dictionary:

masterpiece | less commonly masterwork

First use: 17th century

Origin: 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

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/masterpiece

American Heritage Dictionary:

masterpiece

Origin: Probably translation of Dutch meesterstuk or German Meisterstück: Dutch meester and German Meister, master + Dutch ... (16 of 22 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/masterpiece

Online Etymology:

masterpiece

First use: about 1600

Origin: "master" + "piece". A translation of Dutch meesterstuk "work by which a craftsman attains the rank of master" (compare German Meisterstück).

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=masterpiece

Wiktionary:

masterpiece | masterpieces [plural]

Origin: master + piece, a calque of Dutch meesterstuk

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/masterpiece

New World Dictionary:

masterpiece

Origin: calque of German meisterstück

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/masterpiece

Encarta Dictionary:

masterpiece | masterpieces [plural]

First use: Early 17th century

Origin: After Dutch meesterstuk or German Meisterstück

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861628683​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

masterpiece | masterpieces [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "masterpiece"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/masterpiece

Collins Dictionary:

masterpiece | less commonly masterwork

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "masterpiece"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/masterpiece

Macmillan British Dictionary:

masterpiece [countable] | masterpieces [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "masterpiece"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/masterpiece

Macmillan American Dictionary:

masterpiece [countable] | masterpieces [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "masterpiece"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/masterpiece

Cambridge Dictionary:

masterpiece

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "masterpiece"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "masterpiece"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/masterpiece

the Free Dictionary:

masterpiece

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "masterpiece"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "masterpiece"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "masterpiece" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/masterpiece

Google Dictionary:

masterpiece | masterpieces [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "masterpiece"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=masterpiece

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

masterpiece

Audio: North American pronunciation of "masterpiece"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=master​08 word=masterpiece

YourDictionary Audio:

masterpiece

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "masterpiece" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/masterpiece

freedictionary.org:

masterpiece

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "masterpiece" by speech synthesizer

freedictionary​.org​/ Query=masterpiece

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