January 20, 2010

Word of the Week: Oeuvre

Posted in Word Fun tagged , , , at 2:48 pm by The Word Jar

So many vowels, so few consonants! Now that’s a word!

The full power of vowels is on display in this word with obvious French etymological roots. According to Webster’s 11th, the definition of oeuvre (pronounced “oovra”) is “a substantial body of work constituting the lifework of a writer, an artist, or a composer.”

It may seem like an uppity little word, but I came across it in Pieces of Happily Ever After (a fun mom lit book) by Irene Zutell, and it was being used by a former adult film star referring to her filmography. Surely a word for the masses, even if the definition of artist is a bit stretched in this instance.



  1. irene said,

    Thanks for including my book as part of your oeuvre!!! I really appreciate it.
    Irene Z.

  2. thewordjar said,

    A huge “thank you” to Irene for stopping by! I definitely recommend Pieces of Happily Ever After (a more official review to come soon). In the meantime, check out her latest entry, “Aging and Abercrombie,” on her Huffington Post blog:


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