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[œ-vruh] /ˈœ vrə/
noun, plural oeuvres
[œ-vruh] /ˈœ vrə/ (Show IPA).
the works of a writer, painter, or the like, taken as a whole.
any one of the works of a writer, painter, or the like. Unabridged
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  • No oeuvre since the beginning of the war has been more important than this.

    Life in the War Zone Gertrude Atherton
  • I was inspecting in behalf of my oeuvre, Le Bientre du Bless.

    Life in the War Zone Gertrude Atherton
  • When I visited the villa last summer the oeuvre had eight thousand marraines, and no doubt the number has doubled to-day.

    The Living Present Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
  • Finally, the High Priestess produced her chef d oeuvre, the psychometric reading of a letter.

  • oeuvre du Soldat dans la Tranche (fund for the soldier in the trenches—send warm clothing).

    War Days in Brittany Elsie Deming Jarves
British Dictionary definitions for oeuvre


a work of art, literature, music, etc
the total output of a writer, painter, etc
Word Origin
ultimately from Latin opera, plural of opus work
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Word Origin and History for oeuvre

"a work," especially a work of literature, also "the body of work produced by an artist," 1875, from French oeuvre "work" (12c.), from Latin opera (see opus).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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