Definition of oeuvre in English:

oeuvre

noun

  • 1The body of work of a painter, composer, or author:

    ‘the complete oeuvre of Mozart’
    • ‘This causes havoc to the catalogue-based model of the oeuvre complete.’
    • ‘He has just produced the fifth edition of The Great Rock Discography, bringing his oeuvre to a total of nine titles.’
    • ‘But even in the oeuvres of those authors, Jews, although mentioned, are usually dealt with superficially, not as a significant part of Hispanic culture.’
    • ‘With this publication, Wroth's complete oeuvre of published and unpublished works may be accessed in modern print editions.’
    • ‘In his oeuvre we can see work that seems weak and writing which may not satisfy.’
    • ‘Throughout his painted oeuvre there is a sort of metaphorical circuitry through which one form suggests another.’
    • ‘The Festival seeks to offer productions that will, over the years, lay the oeuvre before the public.’
    • ‘Its course demands stamina, but the oeuvre of the Spanish master unfurls artlessly as a fascinating school of seeing.’
    • ‘While Ramsay's flair is most obvious in composition and oeuvre, the audio is equally important to the piece.’
    • ‘Like Jack, he contributed to the substantial body of Lindsay autobiography, a significant oeuvre in its own right.’
    • ‘The Seventh seems, in many ways, a summation of what has preceded it in the composer's symphonic oeuvre.’
    • ‘A CD of selections from Bartok's oeuvre performed by the author is attached within the back cover.’
    • ‘Despite this scant coverage, Miller's parceled body plays a significant part in his artistic oeuvre.’
    • ‘This anthology serves as an introduction to the band's complete oeuvre.’
    • ‘Both novels occupy somewhat ambiguous positions in the oeuvres of their authors.’
    • ‘In hindsight, that book now seems the most interesting in her oeuvre.’
    • ‘It perfectly sums up his oeuvre, and is easily his most complex film yet.’
    • ‘By time he had completed The Comfort Of Strangers, McEwan had steered his oeuvre away from the overtly dark themes of his first four publications.’
    • ‘By 1925, he ceased composing new works and instead revised his existing oeuvre.’
    • ‘While it might not be suitable for young children, it certainly is one of the mildest films in his oeuvre.’
    compositions, works, oeuvre, opus, books, volumes, publications, titles, tomes
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    1. 1.1 A work of art, music, or literature:
      ‘an early oeuvre’
      • ‘He is an extremely prolific composer whose output also includes some five symphonies, violin concertos, cello concertos, chamber music and vocal oeuvres.’
      • ‘The selectors have a good eye for an oeuvre and an outstanding contacts book.’
      • ‘An oeuvre that successfully cut across two distinct areas of film production: the art film and commercial cinema.’
      • ‘Hence the reader is forced to rely on his own memory or find the reference in another of the author's oeuvres.’
      work, work of art, achievement, production, opus, oeuvre, invention, handiwork, masterpiece, masterwork
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Origin

Late 19th century: French, literally work.

Pronunciation:

oeuvre

/ˈəːvr(ə)/