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2 : one that is out-of-date : a thing of the past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 The unprecedented pace of technological change combined with intense global competition means that today's innovation rapidly becomes tomorrow's museum piece. James Scapa, Forbes, 28 May 2021 Our frenetic pre-COVID world looked like a museum piece, literally. Susanna Schrobsdorff, Time, 10 May 2021 Decades of high school lit seminars, let alone the gradual opening of the playgoing class’s eyes to the world’s inequities and terrors, have transformed it from an enigmatic museum piece into an existential tchotchke. New York Times, 7 May 2021 Still, the Oscars argued that the movies themselves are not a museum piece but a vital art form with an exciting future ahead, pandemic or no pandemic. Josh Rottenberg, Los Angeles Times, 25 Apr. 2021 There’s no denying Julius’ place in history but, by drawing hundreds of revelers late into the night, the Mattachine parties have helped keep the bar from turning into a museum piece. NBC News, 27 Mar. 2021 The resulting article is more museum piece than map, a rich American canvas made mostly of natural greens and urban grays, complemented by less dominant shades of watery blues and arid browns and yellows. Will Dudding, New York Times, 4 Sep. 2020 That thing on top of the hill in Montgomery is a museum piece. Kyle Whitmire, al, 25 Mar. 2020 But those aren’t Tomlinson’s favorite museum pieces. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, 7 Dec. 2019

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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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6 Jun 2021

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“Museum piece.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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museum piece


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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