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 : 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 : an object or individual regarded as a unit of a kind or class <a piece of fruit>
3 : a usually unspecified distance <down the road a piece>
4 : a standard quantity (as of length, weight, or size) in which something is made or sold
5 : a literary, journalistic, artistic, dramatic, or musical composition
6 : firearm
8 : a movable object used in playing a board game; specifically : a chessman other than a pawn
Examples of piece
Divide the pie into six equal pieces.
The cheese was cut into small pieces and arranged on a silver platter.
You have a piece of lettuce stuck between your teeth.
Her broken bicycle lay in pieces by the side of the road.
I watched her rip the letter to pieces and throw it away.
There are 12 pieces in this stainless steel knife set.
a jigsaw puzzle with 500 pieces
We're missing one piece of the puzzle.
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
Examples of piece
<you might want to piece together a quilt from those odd patches of cloth>
First Known Use of piece
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