Definition of masterwork in English:

masterwork

noun

  • A masterpiece.

    ‘towering architectural masterworks like London St Pancras’
    • ‘In an important sense, a document such as the Magna Carta or the map of the human genome belongs to everyone, as do humanity's artistic and architectural masterworks.’
    • ‘While last year's concert highlighted accordion classics, this season will feature a masterwork for harmonica.’
    • ‘Although there are still some masterworks on the program, there seems to be more of a focus on fusions of classical music and pop music and lighter classics this year.’
    • ‘And now the young man, the painter, marvels at his work, at his masterwork.’
    • ‘An extraordinary number of masterworks were produced in book design, ceramics, furniture, glass, jewelry metalwork, prints, and textiles.’
    • ‘The term ‘the arts’ usually refers to masterworks, or to art often created for previous culture through traditional mediums such as oil paints, charcoal, and pencil.’
    • ‘Sinewy and sensuous, these preparatory masterworks are anatomical wonders capturing the longings of the famously impetuous painter.’
    • ‘Thursday's recital includes solo piano masterworks of the classic and romantic eras.’
    • ‘Here is a figure who rose from obscurity to create masterworks with the greatest musical mind of all time. Here is a poet who abandoned his vocation to sell tobacco.’
    • ‘Kubrick was all about making marmoreal masterworks, not pleasing mortals with morsels of wish-fulfillment fantasy.’
    • ‘But one man's notion of a masterwork may be another's idea of a folly.’
    • ‘Each one of these movies is a masterwork of form, style, and simple near-silent storytelling, even when the plots seem obtuse or illogical.’
    • ‘And character was just what we had in mind when we selected five exceptional malts from which to craft our next masterwork.’
    • ‘The masterwork of the great philosopher of science, Karl Popper, was titled Conjectures and Refutations.’
    • ‘Scene after scene, line after line, the film is an underappreciated masterwork.’
    • ‘Norma is one of nineteenth century Italian opera's true masterworks.’
    • ‘It's his masterwork, a testament to his love affair and a journey into moral territories that his late wife could only have approved of.’
    • ‘Over the next five years, Sturges produced a series of comedy masterworks, combining zipping dialogue with lark-about action.’
    • ‘He's the master of lyrical images filled with a foreboding darkness that's almost more like a painted masterwork than film.’
    • ‘That such masterworks of portraiture and reportage are now seen in the context of fine art is wholly appropriate.’
    work, work of art, achievement, production, opus, oeuvre, invention, handiwork, masterpiece
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Pronunciation

masterwork

/ˈmɑːstəwəːk/