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 There are no real rules to a Zoom call look, but there are ways to make cheeky fashion accessories conversation pieces, apart from the subject at hand. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Here's How To Spice Up Your Next Zoom Look," 20 Apr. 2020 For those who want to try for such a conversation piece, the internet is rife with directions, including how to make the planter inexpensively from a 2-gallon bucket. Pam Peirce,, "Grow a crop of shelter-in-place tomatoes right now," 14 Apr. 2020 The fan presence at workouts — or lack thereof — has been a conversation piece since camp opened. Globe Staff,, "Air of uncertainty hovers over Red Sox camp in Florida," 26 Feb. 2020 These $15,000 to $80,000 conversation pieces aren’t toys. Matthew Every, Outdoor Life, "Weird, Off-Beat, and Cool Guns and Gear from SHOT Show 2020," 11 Feb. 2020 With some putty and more than a few screws, someone with a screw loose themself created a nice hunting cabin conversation piece. Pj Delhomme, Outdoor Life, "The Top 40 Typical and Nontypical Mule Deer of All Time," 1 Jan. 2020 All of these things are conversation pieces, which is part of the fun. Katie Workman, NBC News, "Use this blueprint for an easy and elegant New Year's buffet," 30 Dec. 2019 Throughout the year, trends filtered in and out, but the demand for conversation pieces in diamond, platinum, and gold never wavered. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Diamonds! Sapphires! Golden Bras! Why 2019 Was the Year of Bling," 25 Dec. 2019 The elephants are background props, hulking conversation pieces. Paul Kvinta, Outside Online, "I Bought an Elephant to Find Out How to Save Them," 12 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of conversation piece

1712, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Conversation piece.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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

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