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objet d'art

[awb-zhe dar]
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noun, plural ob·jets d'art [awb-zhe dar] /ɔb ʒɛ ˈdar/. French.
  1. an object of artistic worth or curiosity, especially a small object.
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Also called ob·jet.
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Examples from the Web for objet

Historical Examples

  • Why do you think it can't be objet charmant, niece, I should like to know?

    Monsieur Cherami

    Charles Paul de Kock

  • "And this objet is also monsieur's," said he, taking up a small white canvas bag which was enclosed in my railroad wrapper.

    A Day's Ride

    Charles James Lever

  • Objet et sujet, voilà les deux jambes sans lesquelles il semble que la philosophie ne saurait faire un pas en avant.

  • She realised with terrible vividness the extent of her own passion and the appalling indifference of its objet.

    The Witch of Prague

    F. Marion Crawford

  • The lotus blossom in Egypt was not only a sacred emblem, but also an objet de luxe.

    Needlework As Art

    Marian Alford


British Dictionary definitions for objet

objet d'art

noun plural objets d'art (ɔbʒɛ dar)
  1. a small object considered to be of artistic worth
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Word Origin

literally: object of art
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Word Origin and History for objet

n.

"an object on display, an ornament," 1857, from French objet (14c.), especially in objet d'art (1865), from Latin objectus (see object (n.)).

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