Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A creative work, especially a musical composition numbered to designate the order of a composer's works.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Work; a work, as a literary or musical composition (in the latter use often abbreviated op.).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Mus.) A work
  • noun (Arch.) See under Incertum.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A work of music or set of works with a specified rank in an ordering of a composer's complete published works.
  • noun A work, especially of art.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a musical work that has been created

Etymologies

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

[Latin; see op- in Indo-European roots.]

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Borrowed from Latin opus.

Examples

  • Created by former LucasArts adventure vet Tim Schafer (Day of the Tentacle, Grim Fandango) and starring Jack Black alongside a league of metal legends (Judas Priest's Rob Halford, Motorhead's Lemmy Kilmister, Lita Ford, and, of course, Black Sabbath's Ozzy Osbourne), the studio's open-world/driving/lite real-time-strategy opus is every medieval-apocalypse album cover brought to glorious life, finally fulfilling the wishes of two generations of disaffected patched-jean-jacketed and notebook-cover-doodling Hessians.

    Boing Boing

  • Each square metre of this totally unremarkable watercourse, is worthy of its own treatise; each unit area deserves its own magnus opus from a fluid dynamicist.

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  • The book, generally considered to be his magnum opus, is largely credited with creating the terminology and shape of modern macroeconomics.

    Capsule Summaries of the Great Books of the Western World

  • My reaction to this opus is probably the same as grim leading man Dave Willock, who spends the entire film looking as if he just ate some nasty fish.

    2009 August : Scrubbles.net

  • But the Bernstein comes across as an earnest effort to resuscitate a work of limited merit, while the Strauss opus is an unexpected delight.

    'A Quiet Place,''Intermezzo' Show NYC Opera At Its Best

  • The book, generally considered to be his magnum opus, is largely credited with creating the terminology and shape of modern macroeconomics.

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • Nevertheless, the Kushner opus is so astonishing for its bravura reach that the most picayune critics would likely swap it in a heartbeat for a dozen safer but less ambitious comedy-dramas.

    David Finkle: First Nighter: Tony Kushner's Angels in America Flies on Gossamer Wings

  • Nevertheless, the Kushner opus is so astonishing for its bravura reach that the most picayune critics would likely swap it in a heartbeat for a dozen safer but less ambitious comedy-dramas.

    David Finkle: First Nighter: Tony Kushner's Angels in America Flies on Gossamer Wings

  • Nevertheless, the Kushner opus is so astonishing for its bravura reach that the most picayune critics would likely swap it in a heartbeat for a dozen safer but less ambitious comedy-dramas.

    David Finkle: First Nighter: Tony Kushner's Angels in America Flies on Gossamer Wings

  • My reaction to this opus is probably the same as grim leading man Dave Willock, who spends the entire film looking as if he just ate some nasty fish.

    Weekly Mishmash: August 23-29 : Scrubbles.net

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