Vocabulary: oeuvre – Not just for hors d’oeuvres anymore


Title: Mr. Toppit
Author: Charles Elton
Sentence: On a spring day in 1981, Arthur Hayman, now in his sixties and lately the author of an obscure set of children's books, but when younger general factotum to the British film industry in the shape of sometime editor, sometime scriptwriter, and one-time director of the 1948 film entitled Love's Capture, not well reviewed at the time and not remembered precisely as a milestone in the oeuvre of Phyllis Calvert—so tenuously remembered, in fact, that the title, having once been misprinted in a Festchrift to its star as Love's Captive, now tended to be referred to, when it was referred to at all, as "Love's Captive (a.k.a. Love's Capture)"—was walking through the gardens in the center of Soho Square.
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Word: oeuvre
Definition:
  • a substantial body of work constituting the lifework of a writer, an artist, or a composer
   Source: Merriam-Webster Online

This sentence was so long it had two words I needed to check for definitions.

I knew the word hors d’oeuvre, of course, but how does it relate to just oeuvre?
According to The Free Dictionary, oeuvre is French and means
‘an additional dish served as an appetizer, usually before the main meal
[from French, literally: outside the work, not part of the main course]‘

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