masterpiece etymology

English word masterpiece comes from English piece, English master

Detailed word origin of masterpiece

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
piece English (eng) (Scotland, Ireland, UK, US, dialectal) A slice or other quantity of bread, eaten on its own; a sandwich or light snack.. (US) A pacifier.. (US, Canada, colloquial, short for hairpiece) A toupee or wig, especially when worn by a man.. (US, colloquial) A gun.. (US, colloquial, mildly, vulgar, short for piece of crap/piece of shit) A shoddy or worthless object (usually applied to consumer [...]
master English (eng) (by extension) A person holding a similar office in other civic societies.. (dated) A man or a boy; mister. See Master.. (dated) A schoolmaster.. (dated) The head of a household.. (engineering) A device that is controlling other devices or is an authoritative source (e.g. master database).. (film) The primary wide shot of a scene, into which the closeups will be edited later.. (freemasonry) [...]
masterpiece English (eng) A piece of work that has been given much critical praise, especially one that is considered the greatest work of a person's career.. A work created in order to qualify as a master craftsman and member of a guild.. A work of outstanding creativity, skill or workmanship.

Words with the same origin as masterpiece

Descendants of master