Definition of pièce de résistance in English:

pièce de résistance


  • (especially with reference to creative work) the most important or remarkable feature.

    ‘the pièce de résistance of the meal was flaming ice cream’
    • ‘But the pièce de résistance was an under-5-inch-tall lone speaker that could be placed anywhere, indoors or out.’
    • ‘The pièce de résistance was a white silk front flounce gown.’
    • ‘It took me four years to discover the one true pièce de résistance of English cooking.’
    • ‘I selected the fillet of red mullet as a warm-up to the pièce de résistance - the pigeon de bresse.’
    • ‘But all these were to be overshadowed by the pièce de résistance - the Taj Mahal at Agra, arguably the most perfect mortuary building in all Islam.’
    • ‘The pièce de résistance is a curvy fifties bar, which has its own light system and a corny old martini shaker on the counter.’
    • ‘The fashion show, in a huge, walled-off, darkened area of hall, is the Fair's pièce de résistance - and it's packed.’
    • ‘The pièce de résistance is the property's unusual decked roof terrace in cedar wood with bamboo plants, used to host summer cocktails’
    • ‘His pièce de résistance was the gigantic national assembly in Dhaka, Bangladesh.’
    • ‘For me, the pièce de résistance came in the form of the Hell's Angels filming sequences.’
    • ‘After a spot of bird-watching in the Bharatpur avian sanctuary, you'll travel to see the pièce de résistance, the Taj Mahal.’
    • ‘The pièce de résistance is the laconium steam room, which boasts an enormous amethyst crystal that is said to have calming and healing properties.’
    • ‘The pièce de résistance was the enlarged orchestra's traversal of Mahler's Symphony No 1 in D (Titan).’
    • ‘The true pièce de résistance has to go to the artists and the mood set out by their artwork.’
    • ‘The pièce de résistance, though, was a gargantuan platter of seafood overflowing with everything from lobster all the way down to razorfish.’
    • ‘The pièce de résistance is a crêpe, not a pancake, thin and quite dense and slightly sweet, wrapped around who knows how many sausages and filled with bright-orange melted cheese.’
    • ‘But the pièce de résistance of all such schemes was the one based on ‘the powder of sympathy.’’
    • ‘The pièce de résistance was the appearance of a massive bald eagle, born in Scotland.’
    • ‘I just wanted to dispose of that before getting to the true pièce de résistance.’
    • ‘But the real pièce de résistance has to be the excellent polo facilities, which are also available to guests.’
    masterpiece, magnum opus, masterwork, tour de force, showpiece, prize, gem, jewel, jewel in the crown, speciality, special, claim to fame, forte
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French, literally ‘piece (i.e. means) of resistance’.


pièce de résistance

/pjɛs də ʀezistɑ̃s//ˌpjɛs də reɪˈzɪstɒ̃s/