Definition of magnum opus noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


magnum opus

BrE BrE//ˌmæɡnəm ˈəʊpəs//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌmæɡnəm ˈoʊpəs//
[singular] (from Latin) Describing art
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a large and important work of art, literature or music, especially one that people think is the best work ever produced by that artist, writer, etc. The author produced his magnum opus just before he died. See related entries: Describing art Word Originlate 18th cent.: from Latin, ‘great work’.
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