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 Also, that bottle doubles as a perfect conversation piece. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 20 May 2022 The persistent wind, which has been a conversation piece the past week, is slowly beginning to exit the area and this will eventually be followed by much warmer-than-average conditions. Dave Epstein,, 11 May 2022 Hunter is going to be a conversation piece for those of us who like salacious gossip. ABC News, 3 Apr. 2022 The verdant wall, which is expected to live for years, is more than a lush, dramatic conversation piece. Julia Zaltzman, Robb Report, 18 Mar. 2022 This gift is also eco-friendly and can be refilled or reused to hold makeup brushes on a vanity table, to double as a bookend, or simply as a conversation piece. Amanda Lauren, Forbes, 31 Jan. 2022 Roscoe becomes a bizarre conversation piece for the sisters and their imperious mother Mable. Christopher Arnott,, 18 Jan. 2022 An interesting decanter, pitcher or ice bucket can be a conversation piece. Washington Post, 6 Dec. 2021 For decor—and as a conversation piece—the couple had caricature sketches made of every single guest in attendance. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, 17 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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29 May 2022

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“Conversation piece.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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