This is a book for every American—a masterpiece of biography.
Welles, who once dismissed his masterpiece Citizen Kane as “dollar-book Freud,” was nothing if not a projector.
Only then did listeners learn that Dylan had recorded a masterpiece.
c.1600, from master (n.) + piece (n.). A loan-translation of Dutch meesterstuk "work by which a craftsman attains the rank of master" (or its German cognate Meisterstück).