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métier

[mey-tyey, mey-tyey] /ˈmeɪ tyeɪ, meɪˈtyeɪ/
noun
1.
a field of work; occupation, trade, or profession.
2.
a field of work or other activity in which one has special ability or training; forte.
Origin
1785-1795
1785-95; < French; Old French mestier < Gallo-Romance *misterium, for Latin ministerium ministry
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  • Though he often played dramatic roles, comedy was his principal metier.
British Dictionary definitions for métier

métier

/ˈmɛtɪeɪ/
noun
1.
a profession or trade, esp that to which one is well suited
2.
a person's strong point or speciality
Word Origin
C18: from French, ultimately from Latin ministerium service
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Word Origin and History for métier

metier

n.

"skill, talent, calling," 1792, from French métier "trade, profession," from Old French mestier "task, affair, service, function, duty," from Gallo-Romance *misterium, from Latin ministerium "office, service," from minister "servant" (see minister (n.)).

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