conversation piece


Definition of conversation piece

1 : a painting of a group of persons in their customary surroundings
2 : something (such as a novel or unusual object) that stimulates conversation

Examples of conversation piece in a Sentence

The exotic plant in our living room is a conversation piece that guests always ask about.
Recent Examples on the Web This gives your giftee some inspiration to work on some barbs of their own—and provides a good conversation piece for guests. Michael Desjardin, USA TODAY, "35 perfect gift ideas for book lovers in 2020," 14 Dec. 2020 This concrete set is sure to be a stunning conversation piece, appealing to both chess fans and architecture aficionados alike. Janelle Randazza, USA TODAY, "26 popular chess sets for people obsessed with The Queen's Gambit," 2 Dec. 2020 These are sure to get a laugh and be a great conversation piece! Amanda Mcelfresh,, "Shop safely and find the perfect gift for everyone on your list with this handy guide," 26 Nov. 2020 Some models push a retro, industrial esthetic that makes for a great countertop conversation piece, and others lean into packing power into a sleek and compact form. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "Blenders that make great gifts," 28 Sep. 2020 For an avid collector like Moss, who incorporates plenty of contemporary art painting and photography into her interior design passion, Coach's conversation piece aligns with her interests. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Kate Moss's Latest Look Pays Tribute to an Art Legend," 11 Sep. 2020 This cool number is sure to be a conversation piece. Alexandra Cavallo, USA TODAY, "23 throw pillows to make your couch more comfortable—and fun," 1 Sep. 2020 The end result is a conversation piece that adds the right pop of color to our new space. Julie Washington, cleveland, "Gutted bathrooms, gorgeous gardens: See the DIY projects Clevelanders accomplished during coronavirus shutdown," 17 June 2020 Play equipment like the tulip spinners provide a fun way for kids to release energy and are a great conversation piece for observers. Popular Science, "Nature helps nurture relationships between incarcerated mothers and their children," 2 June 2020

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First Known Use of conversation piece

1712, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of conversation piece was in 1712

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“Conversation piece.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of conversation piece

: something new or unusual that gives people a subject to talk about

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