Definition of oeuvre in English:

oeuvre

noun

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

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    • ‘With this publication, Wroth's complete oeuvre of published and unpublished works may be accessed in modern print editions.’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

Late 19th century: French, literally ‘work’.

Pronunciation

oeuvre

/ˈəːvr(ə)/