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[mas-ter-wurk, mah-ster-] /ˈmæs tərˌwɜrk, ˈmɑ stər-/
Origin of masterwork
1600-10; master + work Unabridged
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  • And overconfident criminals have been shown to wreck their criminal masterwork through an excess of self-congratulations.
  • Each is a masterwork, and there's a delightful interaction between the two.
  • It is the sort of artistic masterwork that you don't expect to find in an air and space museum.
  • Chuck's performance lifts this film to sci-fi schlock masterwork.
  • Accessible and often beautiful, it's still seen as his masterwork.
  • But the exception is these two, because they are also part of the masterwork.
  • One of the pieces he showed was this remarkable corsage ornament, considered by many to be his masterwork.
  • The two-story structure represents a masterwork of traditional building materials executed in high style.
  • While it is no masterwork, it is certainly evocative of wartime life at the site.
British Dictionary definitions for masterwork


an outstanding work, achievement, or performance
the most outstanding piece of work of a creative artist, craftsman, etc
Word Origin
C17: 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
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