- a musical composition.
- one of the compositions of a composer, usually numbered according to the order of publication.
- a literary work or composition, as a book: Have you read her latest opus? Abbreviation: op.
Origin of opus
finis coronat opus
- the end crowns the work.
Examples from the Web for opus
Contemporary Examples of opus
About praising and embracing the booty in all of its forms, the song, in a way, could be seen as an opus of sorts for Minaj.Nicki Minaj’s Ass-tastic ‘Anaconda’ Video and the Curse of the Butt Career
August 21, 2014
He has appointed a trio of heavy-handed prelates led by Opus Dei leader Julian Herranz to stop the leaks—one way or another.VatiLeaks Exposes Internal Memos of the Catholic Church
Barbie Latza Nadeau
May 24, 2012
Historical Examples of opus
He also arranged the second set of Paganini's caprices, Opus 10.
Of all the earlier works the Fantasy-Pieces, Opus 12, are the most successful.
His celebrated octette for strings, Opus 20, was composed in 1825.
These he gave his pupils after they had played Chopin's opus 10.Old Fogy
Certainly not Saltus at his best, this opus, but far from his worst.The Merry-Go-Round
Carl Van Vechten
- an artistic composition, esp a musical work
- (often capital) (usually followed by a number) a musical composition by a particular composer, generally catalogued in order of publicationBeethoven's opus 61 is his violin concerto
Word Origin for opus
"a work, composition," especially a musical one, 1809, from Latin opus "a work, labor, exertion" (source of Italian opera, French oeuvre, Spanish obra), from PIE root *op- (Germanic *ob-) "to work, produce in abundance," originally of agriculture later extended to religious acts (cf. Sanskrit apas- "work, religious act;" Avestan hvapah- "good deed;" Old High German uoben "to start work, to practice, to honor;" German üben "to exercise, practice;" Dutch oefenen, Old Norse æfa, Danish øve "to exercise, practice;" Old English æfnan "to perform, work, do," afol "power"). The plural, seldom used as such, is opera.