- 1A trade, profession, or occupation: those who work honestly at their métierMore example sentences
- I also seem to have a perpetual mild toothache, ever since my new dentist, a Romanian who obviously learned her métier under the Ceausescu regime, attempted to fill a molar as if she were loading a mortar.
- In his mercy and kindness he frequently does so, and frequently he gives me the grace to repent of the sins I have committed, but this is not his job, his métier.
- Fortunately for him, his falling-out with Little Miss Drip coincided with the start of a week spent being an apprentice farrier - in effect, trying his chosen métier on for size to see if he actually likes it.
- 1.1An occupation or activity that one is good at: she decided that her real métier was grand operaMore example sentences
- However, the piano trio is his real métier and as he approaches his 80th year, and in spite of a stroke in 1993, he does not rest on his laurels.
- We might have expected her to have excelled at fashion photography - as she did - but her real métier was the battlefield.
- It is good knockabout stuff, underpinned by necessary news values and bearing the unmistakable stamp of McKenzie, who seems to have found a métier again after a rather desultory time at Sky.
- 1.2An outstanding or advantageous characteristic: subtlety is not his métierMore example sentences
- Indeed, what drives virtually every one of his works, whatever their particular métier, is the complexity of their harmonic and rhythmic vocabulary.
late 18th century: French, based on Latin ministerium 'service'.