Word of the Day: Métier

mé-tier / mĕ-tyā, mā-tyā
1. an occupation; a field of business or trade, particularly one that is well suited for a person
Monsieur, I begged my aunt to have me taught lace-mending soon after we came to Brussels, because I knew it was a METIER, a trade which was easily learnt, and by which I could earn some money very soon.
From “The Professor” by Charlotte Brontë, 1816 – 1855
2. one’s strong point; a field of activity that one is particularly well suited for or skilled in; a forte
In my view, I am often immensely rich, not in money, but (although just now perhaps not all the time) rich because I have found my metier, something I can devote myself to heart and soul and that gives inspiration and meaning to my life.
Vincent van Gogh, 1853 – 1890