noun, plural rai·sons d'ê·tre [rey-zohnz -de-truh; French re-zawn -de-truh]. /ˈreɪ zoʊnz ˈdɛ trə; French rɛ zɔ̃ ˈdɛ trə/.
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“Gronkowski” itself never manages to sound more erotic than the name of a hearty Polish stew or a D-list WWE performer.‘A Gronking to Remember’ Speed Read: 8 Naughtiest Bits|Emily Shire|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
I take calcium and vitamin D supplements, but prescription medications are generally only for women in menopause.
For many aspiring comedians, earning a place on SNL is their entire raison d'être.The Curious Little Shell That Restarted Jenny Slate’s Career|Luke Hopping|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Then Pascal responds (in all caps) with, “BUT WE DIDNT WIN A D [sic] YOU KNOW HIM.”Exclusive: Sony Emails Blast David O. Russell For Allegedly ‘Feeling Up’ Transgender Niece|William Boot|December 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The move gets an “A” for symbolism and a “D” for everything else.Sony Blames North Korea for Hacking, but Washington Left Them Completely Vulnerable|Gordon G. Chang|December 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
C was a Captain, all covered with lace; D was a drunkard, and had a red face.
D'o l'on peut aussy veoir, quelle esperance il y a de planter une belle chrestient par tels evangelistes.
Neither of us spoke again, and at length the squat log buildings of Pend d' Oreille loomed ahead of us in the night.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
He picked out that simple little study of Cramer in D major in the first book—you know it well—and asked me to play it.Music-Study in Germany|Amy Fay
(d) Excess balances may, at the convenience of each federal reserve bank, remain deposited with the gold settlement fund.Readings in Money and Banking|Chester Arthur Phillips
British Dictionary definitions for raison d'être
noun plural raisons d'être (rɛzɔ̃ dɛtrə)
Cultural definitions for raison d'être
A basic, essential purpose; a reason to exist: “Professor Naylor argues that in the nuclear age, infantry forces have lost their raison d'être.” From French, meaning “reason for being.”