Definition of opus in English:


Syllabification: o·pus
Pronunciation: /ˈōpəs

noun (plural opuses or opera /ˈäp(ə)rə/)

1 Music A separate composition or set of compositions by a particular composer, usually ordered by date of publication: The Gambler was Prokofiev’s sixth opera, despite its early opus number See also Op.
More example sentences
  • Although some composers still assign opus numbers to keep track of their output, it is no longer customary.
  • The second piece was another Beethoven opus, Piano Concerto Number 5.
  • The opus 39 Waltzes began as a work for solo piano.
2Any artistic work, especially one on a large scale: he was writing an opus on Mexico
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  • The Toronto art-rockers have a tendency to go for the extreme, whether it is a lavishly orchestrated children's record or a rock opus telling the story of the Group
  • Once you've produced your opus, test it carefully before going public.
  • Similarly, as with previous recordings, their latest opus is an effective mix of sprawling environmental textures, clanging, gritty percussion and humorous samples.


early 18th century: from Latin, literally 'work'.

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