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noun \ˈpēs\

Simple Definition of piece

  • : an amount that is cut or separated from a larger section of something

  • : an amount of something considered separately from the rest

  • : a small often broken part of something

Full Definition of piece

  1. 1 :  a part of a whole: as a :  fragment <pieces of broken glass> b :  any of the individual members comprising a unit —often used in combination <a five-piece band> <a three-piece suit> c :  portion, allocation <a piece of the jackpot>

  2. 2 :  an object or individual regarded as a unit of a kind or class <a piece of fruit>

  3. 3 :  a usually unspecified distance <down the road a piece>

  4. 4 :  a standard quantity (as of length, weight, or size) in which something is made or sold

  5. 5 :  a literary, journalistic, artistic, dramatic, or musical composition

  6. 6 :  firearm

  7. 7 :  coin; also :  token

  8. 8 :  a movable object used in playing a board game; specifically :  a chessman other than a pawn

  9. 9 :  opinion, view <spoke his piece>

  10. 10 a usually vulgar :  an act of copulation b usually vulgar :  the female partner in sexual intercourse

  11. 11 :  instance, example <silly piece of nonsense> <a nice piece of acting>

of a piece
piece of one's mind
  1. :  a severe scolding :  tongue-lashing

piece of the action
  1. :  a share in activity or profit

to pieces
  1. 1 :  without reserve or restraint :  completely

  2. 2 :  into fragments; also :  into component parts

  3. 3 :  out of control <went to pieces from shock>

Examples of piece

  1. Divide the pie into six equal pieces.

  2. The cheese was cut into small pieces and arranged on a silver platter.

  3. You have a piece of lettuce stuck between your teeth.

  4. Her broken bicycle lay in pieces by the side of the road.

  5. I watched her rip the letter to pieces and throw it away.

  6. There are 12 pieces in this stainless steel knife set.

  7. a jigsaw puzzle with 500 pieces

  8. We're missing one piece of the puzzle.

  9. I took apart the engine piece by piece and put it back together again.

Origin of piece

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin *pettia, of Gaulish origin; akin to Welsh peth thing

First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of piece

part, portion, piece, member, division, section, segment, fragment mean something less than the whole. part is a general term appropriate when indefiniteness is required <they ran only part of the way>. portion implies an assigned or allotted part <cut the pie into six portions>. piece applies to a separate or detached part of a whole <a puzzle with 500 pieces>. member suggests one of the functional units composing a body <a structural member>. division applies to a large or diversified part <the manufacturing division of the company>. section applies to a relatively small or uniform part <the entertainment section of the newspaper>. segment applies to a part separated or marked out by or as if by natural lines of cleavage <the retired segment of the population>. fragment applies to a part produced by or as if by breaking off <only a fragment of the play still exists>.

Rhymes with piece




Definition of piece


  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to repair, renew, or complete by adding pieces :  patch

  3. 2 :  to join into a whole —often used with together <his new book … has been pieced together from talks — Merle Miller>

piec·er noun

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