conversation piece


: a painting of a group of persons in their customary surroundings
: 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.
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Word History

First Known Use

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 3 Dec. 2023.

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