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  • n. A piece of work that has been given much critical praise, especially one that is considered the greatest work of a person's career.
  • n. A work of outstanding creativity, skill or workmanship.
  • n. A work created in order to qualify as a master craftsman and member of a guild.

Etymologies

chef +‎ d'oeuvre, a calque of French chef d'œuvre (Wiktionary)

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