Definition of idée maîtresse in English:

idée maîtresse

(also idée maitresse)

noun

  • A leading idea.

Origin

Early 20th century; earliest use found in The Philosophical Review. From French idée maîtresse from idée + maîtresse.

Pronunciation

idée maîtresse

/ˌiːdeɪ ˌmɛˈtrɛs//ˌiːdeɪ meɪˈtrɛs/