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noun, plural oeu·vres [œ-vruh] /ˈœ vrə/. French.
  1. the works of a writer, painter, or the like, taken as a whole.
  2. any one of the works of a writer, painter, or the like.
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Related Words for oeuvre

output, work, opus

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British Dictionary definitions for oeuvre


  1. a work of art, literature, music, etc
  2. the total output of a writer, painter, etc

Word Origin for oeuvre

ultimately from Latin opera, plural of opus work
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Word Origin and History for oeuvre

"a work," especially a work of literature, also "the body of work produced by an artist," 1875, from French oeuvre "work" (12c.), from Latin opera (see opus).

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