Opus definition

ōpəs
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Any of the musical works of a composer numbered in order of composition or publication.
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A creative work, especially a musical composition numbered to designate the order of a composer's works.
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A work, esp. a great or pretentious work of art.
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The definition of an opus is a large scale creative work, especially a musical composition or set of musical compositions, numbered by date.

A musician's series of works organized by date of publication is an example of an opus.

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A work of music or set of works with a specified rank in an ordering of a composer's complete published works.

Beethoven's opus eighteen quartets are considered by many to be the beginning of the Romantic era.

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A work, especially of art.

The painter's last opus was a dedication to all things living, in a surprising contrast to all of his prior work.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
opus
Plural:
opuses

Origin of opus

  • Latin op- in Indo-European roots

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

  • Borrowed from Latin opus.

    From Wiktionary