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 MexicoMore example sentences
- 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'.