a great work, especially the chief work of a writer or artist: Proust's magnum opus is Remembrance of Things Past.
Words nearby magnum opus
Origin of magnum opus
Borrowed into English from Latin around 1785–95
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British Dictionary definitions for magnum opus
a great work of art or literature, esp the greatest single work of an artist
Word Origin for magnum opus
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Cultural definitions for magnum opus
[ (mag-nuhm oh-puhs) ]
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