1A work of outstanding artistry, skill, or workmanship: a great literary masterpiece
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- It was noted for its woodcuts and is still considered one of the masterpieces of graphic art.
- His clocks were masterpieces of skill, precision, ingenuity, and determination.
- Consequently, the masterpieces of sculpture and painting were bought in and around their time and many, if not most, are permanently lodged in museums.
1.1 historical A piece of work by a craftsman accepted as qualification for membership of a guild as an acknowledged master.
- As an apprentice, you will eventually be preparing yourself to eventually present your masterpiece at the Great Guild Hall - hired out as a journeyman, or hired day laborer for one of our town's projects.
- The next hurdle was to produce a masterpiece that would satisfy the master of the guild so that he could assume the title of master craftsmen and would thus get membership in the guild.
- This resulted in the practice of an apprentice producing a "masterpiece" at the end of his training which he presented to the guild's officers as proof of his ability to practice the trade.
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