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catalogue raisonné

Pronunciation: /katlˌôɡ ˌrāzəˈnā/ /-ˌäɡ/

noun (plural catalogues raisonnés /ˈkatlˌôɡ(z) ˌrāzəˈnā/ /-ˌäɡ(z)/ )

A descriptive catalog of works of art with explanations and scholarly comments.
Example sentences
  • He devoted much of his retirement to assisting César de Hauke with a catalogue raisonné of Seurat's work, eventually published in two volumes in 1961.
  • Since her first etchings of nursery rhymes appeared in 1989, she has been so productive in the print studio that a new catalogue raisonné has just been devoted to her graphic art.
  • This book, a catalogue raisonné of this enterprising print publisher, tells a short but glittering tale.


Late 18th century: French, literally 'explained catalog'.

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Syllabification: cat·a·logue rai·son·né

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