- an exceptional achievement by an artist, author, or the like, that is unlikely to be equaled by that person or anyone else; stroke of genius: Herman Melville’s Moby Dick was a tour de force
- a particularly adroit maneuver or technique in handling a difficult situation: The way the president got his bill through the Senate was a tour de force.
- a feat requiring unusual strength, skill, or ingenuity.
[Origin: 1795–1805; < F: feat of strength or skill]
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Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2006.