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[mas-ter-wurk, mah-ster-]
  1. masterpiece.
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Origin of masterwork

First recorded in 1600–10; master + work
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Historical Examples

  • The execution of this grand design was a master-work of foresight and prudence.

    Roman Catholicism in Spain


  • That is the question which Comte's first master-work professes to answer.

  • To this master-work Foes consecrated forty years of his life.

  • In one aspect, therefore, his master-work is a plea for unity.

  • The appearance of a master-work had given a wonderful impulse.

    Frdric Mistral

    Charles Alfred Downer

Word Origin and History for master-work


c.1600, from master (n.) + work (n.). Probably based on a Dutch or German model.

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