Definition of pièce de résistance in US English:

pièce de résistance


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

    ‘the pièce de résistance of the meal was flaming ice cream’
    • ‘I just wanted to dispose of that before getting to the true pièce de résistance.’
    • ‘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 pièce de résistance was a white silk front flounce gown.’
    • ‘The pièce de résistance was the appearance of a massive bald eagle, born in Scotland.’
    • ‘For me, the pièce de résistance came in the form of the Hell's Angels filming sequences.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But the real pièce de résistance has to be the excellent polo facilities, which are also available to guests.’
    • ‘The fashion show, in a huge, walled-off, darkened area of hall, is the Fair's pièce de résistance - and it's packed.’
    • ‘After a spot of bird-watching in the Bharatpur avian sanctuary, you'll travel to see the pièce de résistance, the Taj Mahal.’
    • ‘His pièce de résistance was the gigantic national assembly in Dhaka, Bangladesh.’
    • ‘But the pièce de résistance was an under-5-inch-tall lone speaker that could be placed anywhere, indoors or out.’
    • ‘It took me four years to discover the one true pièce de résistance of English cooking.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But the pièce de résistance of all such schemes was the one based on ‘the powder of sympathy.’’
    • ‘The pièce de résistance, though, was a gargantuan platter of seafood overflowing with everything from lobster all the way down to razorfish.’
    • ‘I selected the fillet of red mullet as a warm-up to the pièce de résistance - the pigeon de bresse.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘The pièce de résistance is the property's unusual decked roof terrace in cedar wood with bamboo plants, used to host summer cocktails’
    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’.