Definition of masterpiece in English:

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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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Syllabification: mas·ter·piece

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