Definition of masterpiece in US English:

masterpiece

noun

  • 1A work of outstanding artistry, skill, or workmanship.

    ‘a great literary masterpiece’
    ‘the car was a masterpiece of space-age technology’
    • ‘Consequently, the masterpieces of sculpture and painting were bought in and around their time and many, if not most, are permanently lodged in museums.’
    • ‘It was noted for its woodcuts and is still considered one of the masterpieces of graphic art.’
    • ‘A masterpiece by Claude Monet, not seen in public for over a century, is on sale to the highest bidder.’
    • ‘Today, these works are considered masterpieces and are worth millions of dollars.’
    • ‘We were recently told that no artist paints a masterpiece before they are 40.’
    • ‘Here's the press release summary of this latest comedy masterpiece.’
    • ‘His reputation rests above all, however, on the delicate, haunting pastels that are his masterpieces.’
    • ‘He has devoted some forty years of research, thinking and hard and repeated looking to the masterpieces of Impressionist painting.’
    • ‘You have trivialized a great masterpiece of Indian cinema.’
    • ‘His clocks were masterpieces of skill, precision, ingenuity, and determination.’
    • ‘You could inspire an artist to paint a masterpiece with you as the subject.’
    • ‘The construction of this Gothic style architectural masterpiece took about two centuries.’
    • ‘The collection has grown to include masterpieces of Japanese modern and contemporary art.’
    • ‘First of all, the museum would be an architectural masterpiece.’
    • ‘Seven hundred years later ' The Canterbury Tales' is still considered one of the greatest English literary masterpieces.’
    • ‘Walking through the Louvre I saw numerous artists with pencil and paper in hand, sketching the great masterpieces.’
    • ‘She loved to eat, to cook, and to serve culinary masterpieces of her own creation.’
    • ‘The Decalogue episodes are commonly considered masterpieces of world cinema.’
    • ‘Well, the calendar presenting a selection of rarely seen masterpieces of the mural paintings of India is finally here.’
    • ‘Although known primarily as cinematic masterpieces, each of these movies was originally produced onstage.’
    triumph, coup, marvellous feat, feather in one's cap, wonder, sensation, outstanding example, paragon, great work, showpiece, gem, prize
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    1. 1.1historical A piece of work by a craftsman accepted as qualification for membership of a guild as an acknowledged master.
      • ‘This resulted in the practice of an apprentice producing a "masterpiece" at the end of his training which he presented to the guild's officers as proof of his ability to practice the trade.’
      • ‘As an apprentice, you will eventually be preparing yourself to eventually present your masterpiece at the Great Guild Hall - hired out as a journeyman, or hired day laborer for one of our town's projects.’
      • ‘Once a journeyman could provide proof of his technical and artistic skills, by showing his masterpiece, he might rise in the guild and become a master.’
      • ‘The next hurdle was to produce a masterpiece that would satisfy the master of the guild so that he could assume the title of master craftsmen and would thus get membership in the guild.’
      • ‘From the second half of the thirteenth century onward, however, we hear, first in isolated instances and with greater frequency toward the end of the Middle Ages, of a more clearly specified challenge: in order to demonstrate his skill, the candidate must execute a work for official examination, the masterpiece.’

Pronunciation

masterpiece

/ˈmæstərˌpis//ˈmastərˌpēs/