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See also: oeuvre, oeuvré, Œuvre, and œuvré



œuvre (plural œuvres)

  1. Alternative spelling of oeuvre



Inherited from Old French uevre, inherited from Latin opera. Doublet of opéra and opus.


  • IPA(key): /œvʁ/
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œuvre f (plural œuvres)

  1. work, book, piece
    Synonym: ouvrage
    • 1874, Honoré de Balzac, Les Deux Poètes:
      Lucien avait essayé de déifier sa maîtresse dans une ode qui lui était adressée sous un titre inventé par tous les jeunes gens au sortir du collège. Cette ode, si complaisamment caressée, embellie de tout l’amour qu’il se sentait au cœur, lui parut la seule œuvre capable de lutter avec la poésie de Chénier.
      Lucien had essayed to deify his beloved in an ode, dedicated to her under a title in favor with all lads who write verse after leaving school. This ode, so fondly cherished, so beautiful—since it was the outpouring of all the love in his heart, seemed to him to be the one piece of his own work that could hold its own with Chenier's verse.
  2. activity, operation
    • 1871, Jules Verne, Aventures de trois Russes et de trois Anglais:
      Ce n’étaient plus des compagnons, des collègues, des savants unis pour l’accomplissement d’une œuvre scientifique, c’étaient des ennemis qui déjà se mesuraient du regard, tant ces duels de nation à nation ont d’influence sur le cœur des hommes !
      They were no longer companions united in a common labour, but already eyed one another as avowed antagonists. Such is the influence of these national duels on the heart of man.
  3. complete body of an artist's work, or their works in a particular category
    L’œuvre sculptée de Picasso.Picasso's sculptural œuvre.


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œuvre m (uncountable)

  1. complete body of an artist's work, or their works in a particular category

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œuvre m or f (plural œuvres)

  1. Alternative form of oeuvre