[mey-tyey, mey-tyey]


a field of work; occupation, trade, or profession.
a field of work or other activity in which one has special ability or training; forte.

Origin of métier

1785–95; < French; Old French mestier < Gallo-Romance *misterium, for Latin ministerium ministry
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Examples from the Web for metier

Historical Examples of metier

  • No man invents a metier without a strong element of success.

  • He was one with his idea and his metier, and that is sufficient.

    Adventures in the Arts

    Marsden Hartley

  • Fighting seemed their metier and most of them preferred it to the monotony of working a mine.

    Across the Mesa

    Jarvis Hall

  • Our metier is not to compare, but to take what pleases us from each.

  • It spins to brave music, this peg-top, but its metier is to spin.

    In Vanity Fair

    Eleanor Hoyt Brainerd

British Dictionary definitions for metier



a profession or trade, esp that to which one is well suited
a person's strong point or speciality

Word Origin for métier

C18: from French, ultimately from Latin ministerium service
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Word Origin and History for metier

"skill, talent, calling," 1792, from French métier "trade, profession," from Old French mestier "task, affair, service, function, duty," from Gallo-Romance *misterium, from Latin ministerium "office, service," from minister "servant" (see minister (n.)).

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