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Metier  n.  
Calling; vocation; business; trade. "Not only is it the business of no one to preach the truth but it is the métier of many to conceal it."
The field or activity at which one excels; one's forte.

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"Metier" Quotes from Famous Books

... replied, "it's his metier, and he is well accustomed to the life. Besides, you know, he is such a dreamy, quiet sort of fellow; he lives all the time in a world of his own creation, and bears the discomforts of this world with great philosophy. ...
— Derrick Vaughan—Novelist • Edna Lyall

... Heine's return to Judaism is an indubitable fact, and when one of his friends anxiously inquired about his relation to God, he could well answer with a smile: Dieu me pardonnera; c'est son metier. In those days Heine made his will, his true, genuine will, to have been the first to publish which the present writer will always consider the distinction of his life. The introduction reads: "I die in the belief in one God, Creator of heaven and earth, whose mercy I supplicate in behalf of my ...
— Jewish Literature and Other Essays • Gustav Karpeles

... the niceties of the heart, and born with a faculty for willing compromise. The woman must be talented as a woman, and it will not much matter although she is talented in nothing else. She must know her METIER DE FEMME, and have a fine touch for the affections. And it is more important that a person should be a good gossip, and talk pleasantly and smartly of common friends and the thousand and one nothings of the day and hour, than that she should speak with the ...
— Virginibus Puerisque • Robert Louis Stevenson

... for, must have been vastly encouraged by the favorable reception of his first essay into fiction; at last, he had found the kind of literature congenial to his talents and likely to secure suitable renown: his metier as an artist of letters was discovered, as we might now choose to express it; he would hardly have taken himself so seriously. It was natural that he should publish the next year a three volume collection of his miscellany, ...
— Masters of the English Novel - A Study Of Principles And Personalities • Richard Burton

... needlewoman or clever professional worker might be called in to help to finish it. Thus ladies might assist the art of needlework by their own original ideas, and give individual beauty to their homes, and an impetus to the occupation which helps to support so many of our struggling sisters. The frame or metier is always a pretty object in the drawing-room or boudoir. The French understand this well; and make it one of their most useful "properties" in their scenic representations of refined ...
— Needlework As Art • Marian Alford

Words linked to "Metier" :   long suit, business, plus, strength, green fingers, job, forte, line of work, specialty

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