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pièce de résistance

[ pyes duhrey-zee-stahns; English pee-esduhri-zee-stahns ]
/ pyɛs də reɪ ziˈstɑ̃s; English piˈɛs də rɪ ziˈstɑns /
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noun, plural pièces de ré·sis·tance [pyes duhrey-zee-stahns; English pee-esduhri-zee-stahns]. /pyɛs də reɪ ziˈstɑ̃s; English piˈɛs də rɪ ziˈstɑns/. French.
the principal dish of a meal.
the most noteworthy or prized feature, aspect, event, article, etc., of a series or group; special item or attraction.
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Origin of pièce de résistance

First recorded in 1780–90; from French: literally, “piece of resistance”; development of senses is unclear

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British Dictionary definitions for pièce de résistance

pièce de résistance
/ French (pjɛs də rezistɑ̃s) /

noun
the principal or most outstanding item in a series or creative artist's work
the main dish of a meal

Word Origin for pièce de résistance

lit: piece of resistance
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