- a person's greatest piece of work, as in an art.
- anything done with masterly skill: a masterpiece of improvisation.
- a consummate example of skill or excellence of any kind: The chef's cake was a masterpiece.
- a piece made by a person aspiring to the rank of master in a guild or other craft organization as a proof of competence.
Origin of masterpiece
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Examples from the Web for masterpiece
The masterpiece is huge, but structurally flawed and terribly vulnerable to seismic activity.Florence Preps ‘David’ for the Big One
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In the masterpiece Mr. Turner, Mike Leigh translates the soul of his characters on screen.Mike Leigh Is the Master Filmmaker Who Hates Hollywood
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The outcome of that objective vision was Hamlet—a masterpiece of self-revealing.
Lamb and Coleridge, on the other hand, have praised "Lear" as a world's masterpiece.
Viewed only as a masterpiece of human life it might well be the despair of mankind.Understanding the Scriptures
A stanza, the final one of that masterpiece, has been preserved.Southern Lights and Shadows
It's a masterpiece to have invented a serious suit that is not black.The Middle Class Gentleman
less commonly masterwork (ˈmɑːstəˌwɜːk)
- an outstanding work, achievement, or performance
- the most outstanding piece of work of a creative artist, craftsman, etc
C17: compare Dutch meesterstuk, German Meisterstück, a sample of work submitted to a guild by a craftsman in order to qualify for the rank of master
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Word Origin and History for masterpiece
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