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Tuesday, September 09, 2003

Definitions for métier

  1. An occupation; a profession.
  2. An area in which one excels; an occupation for which one is especially well suited.

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Citations for métier
The pairing of Maynard and Salinger -- the writer whose métier is autobiography and the writer who's so private he won't even publish -- was an unlikely one. Larissa MacFarquhar, New York Times Magazine
In Congress, I really found my métier. . . . I love to legislate. Charles Schumer, New York Times
Origin of métier
1785-1795
Métier is from the French, ultimately from Latin ministerium, "service, ministry, employment," from minister, "a servant, a subordinate."
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