Raison-d-etre definitions

rā'zōn dĕt'rə, rĕ-zôɴ
Reason or justification for existing.
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Reason for being; justification for existence.
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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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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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Plural form of raison d'être.
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Origin of raison-d-etre

French raison reason de of, for être to be