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[mey-tyey, mey-tyey] /ˈmeɪ tyeɪ, meɪˈtyeɪ/
a field of work; occupation, trade, or profession.
a field of work or other activity in which one has special ability or training; forte.
Origin of métier
1785-95; < French; Old French mestier < Gallo-Romance *misterium, for Latin ministerium ministry Unabridged
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  • It spins to brave music, this peg-top, but its metier is to spin.

    In Vanity Fair Eleanor Hoyt Brainerd
  • Fighting seemed their metier and most of them preferred it to the monotony of working a mine.

    Across the Mesa Jarvis Hall
  • Alas, I have been amazingly lazy; it was my metier to look on.

    The Grey Room Eden Phillpotts
  • Our metier is not to compare, but to take what pleases us from each.

    A Rock in the Baltic Robert Barr
  • No man invents a metier without a strong element of success.

    The Daltons, Volume I (of II) Charles James Lever
  • He had the perfect gift of the charlatan, and he had discovered his metier.

  • Let elderly saints suffer—it was their metier—and youth drink the cup of life.

    The Philosopher's Joke Jerome K. Jerome
  • "It wasn't their metier, or the metier of their times," said Miss Virginia with conviction.

    A Fool For Love Francis Lynde
  • He was one with his idea and his metier, and that is sufficient.

    Adventures in the Arts Marsden Hartley
  • She has the money and the taste, and with her, even more than with the Parisienne of the beau monde, being charming is a metier.

    In Vanity Fair Eleanor Hoyt Brainerd
British Dictionary definitions for metier


a profession or trade, esp that to which one is well suited
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 metier

"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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