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objet d'art

[awb-zhe dar] /ɔb ʒɛ ˈdar/
noun, plural objets d'art
[awb-zhe dar] /ɔb ʒɛ ˈdar/ (Show IPA).
French.
1.
an object of artistic worth or curiosity, especially a small object.
Also called objet.
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  • Remember, we may inherit a good antique or objet d'art, buy one, or bequeath one.

  • Why do you think it can't be objet charmant, niece, I should like to know?

    Monsieur Cherami Charles Paul de Kock
  • It certainly isn't necessary to know what or molu is, nor to have any other objet de vertu but your wife.

    The Potiphar Papers George William Curtis
  • "And this objet is also monsieur's," said he, taking up a small white canvas bag which was enclosed in my railroad wrapper.

    A Day's Ride Charles James Lever
  • objet et sujet, voilà les deux jambes sans lesquelles il semble que la philosophie ne saurait faire un pas en avant.

  • She realised with terrible vividness the extent of her own passion and the appalling indifference of its objet.

    The Witch of Prague F. Marion Crawford
  • The lotus blossom in Egypt was not only a sacred emblem, but also an objet de luxe.

    Needlework As Art Marian Alford
  • "Strikes me that Paul is something of an objet de luxe," he reflected, as he turned off Albany Street.

    Happy House Betsey Riddle, Freifrau von Hutten zum Stolzenberg
  • If you look into the history of any objet d'art you will find that it was first used for a purpose.

    The House in Good Taste Elsie de Wolfe
British Dictionary definitions for objet

objet d'art

/ɔbʒɛ dar/
noun (pl) objets d'art (ɔbʒɛ dar)
1.
a small object considered to be of artistic worth
Word Origin
literally: object of art
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Word Origin and History for objet
n.

"an object on display, an ornament," 1857, from French objet (14c.), especially in objet d'art (1865), from Latin objectus (see object (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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