noun, plural ob·jets d'art [awb-zhe dar] /ɔb ʒɛ ˈdar/. French.
an object of artistic worth or curiosity, especially a small object.
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noun plural objets d'art (ɔbʒɛ dar)
a small object considered to be of artistic worth
Word Origin for objet d'art
literally: object of art
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