What does raison d'être mean?

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

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word raison d'être.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. raison d'etre(noun)

    reason for being

  2. raison d'etre(noun)

    the purpose that justifies a thing's existence

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Raison d'être

    rā-zong′ dā′tr, n. reason or excuse for being: rational ground for existence.—adj. Raisonné (rā-zo-nā′), reasoned out, systematic, as in 'catalogue raisonné.' [Fr. raison, reason, de, of, être, to be.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of raison d'être in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of raison d'être in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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