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métier

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Pronunciation: /ˈmɛtjeɪ
 
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Definition of métier in English:

noun

1A profession or occupation: the boy must begin to learn his métier as heir to the throne
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.
Synonyms
1.1An occupation or activity that one is good at: television is rather more my métier
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.
Synonyms
informal bag, thing, cup of tea

Origin

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

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