Definition of métier in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈmāˌtyā/
Pronunciation: /māˈtyā/


1A trade, profession, or occupation: those who work honestly at their métier
More example sentences
  • I also seem to have a perpetual mild toothache, ever since my new dentist, a Romanian who obviously learned her métier under the Ceausescu regime, attempted to fill a molar as if she were loading a mortar.
  • In his mercy and kindness he frequently does so, and frequently he gives me the grace to repent of the sins I have committed, but this is not his job, his métier.
  • Fortunately for him, his falling-out with Little Miss Drip coincided with the start of a week spent being an apprentice farrier - in effect, trying his chosen métier on for size to see if he actually likes it.
occupation, job, work, profession, business, employment, career, vocation, trade, craft, line (of work), specialty
1.1An occupation or activity that one is good at: she decided that her real métier was grand opera
More example sentences
  • However, the piano trio is his real métier and as he approaches his 80th year, and in spite of a stroke in 1993, he does not rest on his laurels.
  • We might have expected her to have excelled at fashion photography - as she did - but her real métier was the battlefield.
  • It is good knockabout stuff, underpinned by necessary news values and bearing the unmistakable stamp of McKenzie, who seems to have found a métier again after a rather desultory time at Sky.
informal thing, cup of tea
1.2An outstanding or advantageous characteristic: subtlety is not his métier
More example sentences
  • Indeed, what drives virtually every one of his works, whatever their particular métier, is the complexity of their harmonic and rhythmic vocabulary.


Late 18th century: French, based on Latin ministerium 'service'.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: mé·tier

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

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

Related Words