Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An outstanding accomplishment: "The bison is an evolutionary pièce de résistance, the result of thousands of years of genetic development under the toughest weather and geographical conditions” ( B.J. Roche).
  • n. The principal dish of a meal.

Etymologies

French : pièce, piece + de, of, with + résistance, staying power, lastingness.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • Confers with motion-picture director regarding interpretation of scene and desired effects.

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