Magnum-opus meaning

magnəm ōpəs
A great work, especially a literary or artistic masterpiece.
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The greatest single work of an artist, writer, or composer.
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A great work, esp. of art or literature; masterpiece.
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A person's greatest work or undertaking.
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A great or important work of literature, music or art, a masterpiece.

The 1949 novel Nineteen Eighty-Four is widely considered to be George Orwell's magnum opus.

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The best, most popular, or most renowned achievement of an author or artist, representing his major life effort.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of magnum-opus - opus magnum

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
magnum-opus
Plural:
magna-opera, magnum-opuses

Origin of magnum-opus

  • Latin magnum neuter of magnus great opus work

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin magnum opus (“great work").

    From Wiktionary