old master
noun Date: 1697 a work of art by an established master and especially by any of the distinguished painters of the 16th, 17th, or early 18th century; also such an artist

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  • old master — old′ mas′ter n. 1) fia an eminent artist of an earlier period, esp. the 15th to 18th centuries 2) fia a work by such an artist • Etymology: 1945–50 …   From formal English to slang

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