Part of speech: noun
Origin: French, late 19th century
Taken as a whole, the works of a particular artist or writer
A piece of work from a particular artist
Examples of Oeuvre in a sentence
"The new exhibit at the museum celebrated the oeuvre of Pablo Picasso."
"The composer’s most famous oeuvre would be performed by the symphony."
Popularity Over Time
"Oeuvre" is French for a particular piece of art, music, or writing, but the English usage of the word tends to apply to the full body of work from an artist. Go back a little further and you’ll find the French borrowed the term from the Latin word "opera."
Did you Know?
The definition of "oeuvre" can be a single piece of art, or it can be the complete body of work from an artist, taken as a whole. The dual definitions can be used interchangeably, which can be confusing. For this word, context is everything.