noun (plural raisons d'être pronounced same)
The most important reason or purpose for someone or something’s existence: seeking to shock is the catwalk’s raison d'être
More example sentences
- After all, is this not its entire raison d'être, in contrast to the anarchy of capitalism?
- In the former, the raison d'être of most experiments appears to be the elucidation of points of purely scientific interest.
- We started with the real raison d'être for our armed forces.
French, literally 'reason for being'.
Definition of raison d'être in:
- The US English dictionary