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



    BrE BrE//ˈəʊpəs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈoʊpəs//
    (pl. opera
    BrE BrE//ˈɒpərə//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɑːpərə//
    [usually singular] Pieces of music
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  1. 1(abbreviation op.) a piece of music written by a famous composer and usually followed by a number that shows when it was written Beethoven’s Opus 18 See related entries: Pieces of music
  2. 2(formal) an important piece of literature, etc., especially one that is on a large scale synonym work see also magnum opus
  3. Word Originearly 18th cent.: from Latin, literally ‘work’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: opus

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