Definition of masterpiece in English:


Syllabification: mas·ter·piece
Pronunciation: /ˈmastərˌpēs


  • 1A work of outstanding artistry, skill, or workmanship: a great literary masterpiece the car was a masterpiece of space-age technology
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    • It was noted for its woodcuts and is still considered one of the masterpieces of graphic art.
    • His clocks were masterpieces of skill, precision, ingenuity, and determination.
    • Consequently, the masterpieces of sculpture and painting were bought in and around their time and many, if not most, are permanently lodged in museums.
  • 1.1An artist’s or craftsman’s best piece of work: the painting is arguably Picasso’s masterpiece
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    • His masterpiece is usually considered to be the large-scale choral work, Hymnus Paradisi.
    • Prometheus unbound was composed between 1937 and 1944 and the English composer is said to have considered it his masterpiece.
    • Ravel's score to Daphnis and Chloë is generally regarded as his masterpiece.
  • 1.2 historical A piece of work by a craftsman accepted as qualification for membership of a guild as an acknowledged master.
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    • As an apprentice, you will eventually be preparing yourself to eventually present your masterpiece at the Great Guild Hall - hired out as a journeyman, or hired day laborer for one of our town's projects.
    • The next hurdle was to produce a masterpiece that would satisfy the master of the guild so that he could assume the title of master craftsmen and would thus get membership in the guild.
    • This resulted in the practice of an apprentice producing a "masterpiece" at the end of his training which he presented to the guild's officers as proof of his ability to practice the trade.

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