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pièce de résistance

[pyes duh rey-zee-stahns; English pee-es duh ri-zee-stahns] /pyɛs də reɪ ziˈstɑ̃s; English piˈɛs də rɪ ziˈstɑns/
plural pièces de résistance
[pyes duh rey-zee-stahns; English pee-es duh ri-zee-stahns] /pyɛs də reɪ ziˈstɑ̃s; English piˈɛs də rɪ ziˈstɑns/ (Show IPA).
French.
1.
the principal dish of a meal.
2.
the most noteworthy or prized feature, aspect, event, article, etc., of a series or group; special item or attraction.
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British Dictionary definitions for pièces de résistance

pièce de résistance

/pjɛs də rezistɑ̃s/
noun
1.
the principal or most outstanding item in a series or creative artist's work
2.
the main dish of a meal
Word Origin
lit: piece of resistance
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Word Origin and History for pièces de résistance

piece de resistance

n.

1831, from French pièce de résistance, originally "the most substantial dish in a meal." Lit. "piece of resistance;" there seems to be disagreement as to the exact signification.

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