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oeuvre

[œ-vruh] /ˈœ vrə/
noun, plural oeuvres
[œ-vruh] /ˈœ vrə/ (Show IPA).
French.
1.
the works of a writer, painter, or the like, taken as a whole.
2.
any one of the works of a writer, painter, or the like.
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Examples for oeuvre
  • And his oeuvre didn't exactly get less sensational or surreal from there.
  • And, by the way, the oeuvre exists outside our own interpretations.
  • Slight as his oeuvre had been, it proved impossible to forget.
  • The entire oeuvre of the machine had been executed in private sessions with the company's team.
  • Before he became a pop artist, he had an oeuvre of representational painting that anyone could appreciate.
  • Artists' personalities are important to the marketability of their oeuvre.
  • Other important facets of his oeuvre are more summarily dealt with.
  • It really should be the oeuvre of the photographers who shot her.
  • No definitive account of his photographic oeuvre exists, either.
  • In an oeuvre characterised by so little reiteration, the echo is enjoyable.
British Dictionary definitions for oeuvre

oeuvre

/œvrə/
noun
1.
a work of art, literature, music, etc
2.
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
n.

"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).

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