museum piece


Definition of museum piece

1 : something preserved in or suitable for a museum
2 : one that is out-of-date : a thing of the past

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Examples of museum piece in a Sentence

That old computer will soon be a museum piece. that old wooden ironing board she uses is a museum piece
Recent Examples on the Web That thing on top of the hill in Montgomery is a museum piece. Kyle Whitmire, al, "If Alabama has to go back to work, so should the Legislature," 25 Mar. 2020 But those aren’t Tomlinson’s favorite museum pieces. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, "Honolulu World War II museum fights to remain open for more Pearl Harbor anniversaries," 7 Dec. 2019 The 2020 Shelby GT500, of course, is more than a museum piece. Laura Sky Brown, Car and Driver, "2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, VIN 001, Rolls Off Line in Candy Apple Green," 8 Jan. 2020 Discovered by an amazed farmer, the poor beast ended its short life in Sweden as a stuffed museum piece — probably the one and only alligator ever found in the wild in Sweden. Joy Wallace Dickinson,, "St. Lucia Festival returns to honor Central Florida’s Swedish heritage," 1 Dec. 2019 Yet as the event at City Hall demonstrated, Earth, Wind & Fire shouldn’t be thought of as a museum piece. Los Angeles Times, "In praise of Earth, Wind & Fire, purveyor of black excellence for a half-century," 12 Sep. 2019 Trout is both the game’s greatest player and also something of a museum piece come to life, his accomplishments captured in high definition but also, with every swing of his bat, seemingly destined for a grander place in baseball’s history books. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Angels star Mike Trout beats out Alex Bregman to win his third AL MVP award," 14 Nov. 2019 Surrounding the museum piece of a CPU is a 1.78-inch, 448×368 OLED display, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, and a 570mAh battery. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Xiaomi’s Apple Watch clone removes everything good about the Apple Watch," 6 Nov. 2019 The Goldfinch is like a museum piece, a stately and handsome-looking thing that’s utterly lacking in momentum. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Goldfinch Is Star-Studded, Pretty, and Lifeless," 12 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of museum piece

1898, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Museum piece.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of museum piece

: a valuable object that is in a museum or that is suitable for a museum
: something or someone that is very old or old-fashioned

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