Meaning of masterpiece

mas•ter•piece

Pronunciation: (mas'tur-pēs", mä'stur-), [key]
— n.
  1. a person's greatest piece of work, as in an art.
  2. anything done with masterly skill: a masterpiece of improvisation.
  3. a consummate example of skill or excellence of any kind: The chef 's cake was a masterpiece.
  4. a piece made by a person aspiring to the rank of master in a guild or other craft organization as a proof of competence.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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