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2 : one that is out-of-date : a thing of the past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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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 Some seemed to think the museum piece was the typist, not the typewriter. James Barron, New York Times, "Typing a Novel About Vassar, Word for Word, as Art," 29 Apr. 2018 Many women displayed their Leiber bags like museum pieces. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Judith Leiber Escaped Holocaust and Made Sparkly Handbags for the Rich and Famous," 4 May 2018 Sadly, two fatal crashes and very high mission costs would ultimately ground the spacecraft, leaving the three remaining shuttles as museum pieces on display in Chantilly, Va., Cape Canaveral, Fl, and Los Angeles, Ca. Ernie Mastroianni, Discover Magazine, "The First Shuttle Launch," 12 Apr. 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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