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pièce de résistance

[pyes duh rey-zee-stahns; English pee-es duh ri-zee-stahns] /pyɛs də reɪ ziˈstɑ̃s; English piˈɛs də rɪ ziˈstɑns/
noun, plural pièces de résistance
[pyes duh rey-zee-stahns; English pee-es duh ri-zee-stahns] /pyɛs də reɪ ziˈstɑ̃s; English piˈɛs də rɪ ziˈstɑns/ (Show IPA).
the principal dish of a meal.
the most noteworthy or prized feature, aspect, event, article, etc., of a series or group; special item or attraction. Unabridged
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  • A pretentious mirror in a tarnished gilt frame was the piece de resistance.

  • The piece de resistance of the dinner was, in this instance, to be a mackerel.

    Shavings Joseph C. Lincoln
  • That means you'll please get the wood while I clean the 'piece de resistance' of our dinner.

    Boy Scouts in Southern Waters G. Harvey Ralphson
  • It appeared to be the 'piece de resistance' in the minds of the children.

    Glengarry Schooldays Ralph Connor
  • Each family is an authority in itself as to the choice of the piece de resistance.

    Mrs. Wilson's Cook Book Mary A. Wilson
  • On such occasions, the following hoax formed Mr. Verdant Green's piece de resistance.

  • Black serge, grey tweed, violet ninon; two evening frocks, and the one white satin which was the piece de resistance of the whole.

    A College Girl Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  • Soup is served, and then fish, and then comes the joint, which is the piece de resistance of the day.

    How to Travel Thomas W. Knox
  • To quoits was added the inducement of an excellent repast of which roast pig was the piece de resistance.

British Dictionary definitions for piece de resistance

pièce de résistance

/pjɛs də rezistɑ̃s/
the principal or most outstanding item in a series or creative artist's work
the main dish of a meal
Word Origin
lit: piece of resistance
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for piece de resistance

1831, from French pièce de résistance, originally "the most substantial dish in a meal." Lit. "piece of resistance;" there seems to be disagreement as to the exact signification.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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