Raison-d-etre definition

rāzōn dĕtrə, rĕ-zôɴ
Reason or justification for existing.
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The claimed reason for the existence of something or someone; the sole or ultimate purpose of something or someone. (literally "reason to be")

Surfing became his raison d'être.

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Raison d’être is defined as your reason for living.

An example of a raison d’être is what cooking is to you as a professional chef.

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Reason for being; justification for existence.
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Plural form of raison d'être.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
raison-d-etre
Plural:
raison-d-tres, raisons-d-etre, raisons-d-tre, raison d'etres

Origin of raison-d-etre

  • French raison reason de of, for être to be

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

  • From French raison d'être.

    From Wiktionary