Share this entry

Share this page


Line breaks: opus
Pronunciation: /ˈəʊpəs
, ˈɒp-/

Definition of opus in English:

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

1 Music A separate composition or set of compositions. See also Op.
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.
2An artistic work, especially one on a large scale: he was writing an opus on Mexico
More 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'.

Definition of opus in:

Share this entry

Share this page


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day jaunt
Pronunciation: dʒɔːnt
a short excursion or journey made for pleasure