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2 : one that is out-of-date : a thing of the past

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Synonyms for museum piece


antique, relic

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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

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Guests will see art from Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat along with guitars, museum pieces and selections from the singer’s own design firm. Peter Mikelbank,, "Zoë Kravitz Gets Married to Karl Glusman at Her Dad Lenny Kravitz's Paris Home," 29 June 2019 Bonds that never mature, or do so after a century or longer, aren’t just museum pieces. Georgi Kantchev, WSJ, "The Bond That’s Still Paying Interest, 280 Years Later," 6 Jan. 2019 Even in the 21st century, the Gatling gun is no mere museum piece. Matthew Moss, Popular Mechanics, "The Story of the Gatling Gun," 22 Aug. 2016 Along the way, the plates themselves have become iconic, recycled into coffee tables, museum pieces, even fine art sculptures. Eric Betz, Discover Magazine, "A Heavenly Disk To Map The Universe," 13 Aug. 2018 That fatberg was removed in chunks, but one of those chunks was given a second life as a museum piece. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Watch London's Gross Fatberg Gruesomely Transform in Real Time," 15 Aug. 2018 Is Barbie a museum piece without contemporary relevance? Peter Keough,, "An immigrant story, atrocity tourism, the future of Barbie," 28 June 2018 His apartment has become a staging area for the museum pieces, including a 1901 Koken barber chair and antique poles of various sizes and styles. New York Times, "'Barbering Is an Art’," 4 May 2018 The panels, measuring 4-by-8 feet and bigger, get turned into all kinds of products, including skylights, hockey rinks, shower doors, greenhouses, store signs, patio tables, boxes to protect museum pieces and bullet-resistant bank teller windows. Katherine Feser, Houston Chronicle, "Q&A: Plastic sheet distributor’s products take center stage," 29 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of museum piece

1898, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of museum piece was in 1898

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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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