noun, plural o·pus·es or especially for 1, 2, o·pe·ra [oh-per-uh, op-er-uh] /ˈoʊ pər ə, ˈɒp ər ə/.
Origin of opus
finis coronat opus
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
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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
It is perhaps only in the compositions subsequent to Opus 50 that Scriabine emerges in the fullness of his stature.Musical Portraits
It is, however, with the Opus Majus that Bacon's real activity begins.
A great deal of “opus consutum” has been done in the School of Art Needlework, in the way of restoration of old embroideries.Needlework As Art
He composed for this occasion a Grand Concerto (opus 15) in C major for piano and orchestra, taking the piano part himself.Beethoven
George Alexander Fischer
There are nocturnes of Chopin's composed on a larger scale than the Opus 37, No. 2, but to my taste there is none more beautiful.The Pianolist
noun plural opuses or opera (ˈɒpərə)
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.