Definitions for raison d'êtreˈreɪ zoʊn ˈdɛ trə, ˈrɛz ɔ̃; ˈreɪ zoʊnz ˈdɛ trə, ˈrɛz ɔ̃

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

rai•son d'ê•treˈreɪ zoʊn ˈdɛ trə, ˈrɛz ɔ̃; ˈreɪ zoʊnz ˈdɛ trə, ˈrɛz ɔ̃(n.)(pl.)rai•sons d'ê•tre

  1. reason for existence.

    Category: Foreign Term

Origin of raison d'être:

1865–70; < F

Princeton's WordNet

  1. raison d'etre(noun)

    reason for being

  2. raison d'etre(noun)

    the purpose that justifies a thing's existence


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