period piece


Definition of period piece 

: a work (as of literature, art, furniture, cinema, or music) whose special value lies in its evocation of a historical period

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Action series play into this, as do mysteries, dramas, period pieces, and every other genre under the sun., "Why Tyler's Brutal Finale Scene In 13 Reasons Why Season 2 Is So Upsetting," 29 May 2018 Amazon Prime is here with just the show that will quench your thirst for all things deeply British and deeply political with another based-on-true-events period piece A Very English Scandal., "If You Miss The Crown, Treat Yourself To A Very English Scandal," 29 June 2018 His macho bluster now seems a period piece—influenced by Ernest Hemingway and Nelson Algren, and paralleled by the antics of Ellison’s contemporaries like Norman Mailer and Hunter S. Thompson. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Harlan Ellison’s Death Raises a #MeToo Quandary," 2 July 2018 The dollhouse is partially furnished with period pieces and has the same proportions as the real house. Kathleen Mcwilliams, Courant Community, "Six Historic Treasures Now On Display at the Webb Deane Stevens Museum," 29 June 2018 The house has been restored and furnished with period pieces. Michael Candelaria,, "Eatonville Neighborhood Guide," 21 June 2018 We are also forced to confront the still-present themes in the period piece that is Father Comes Home from the Wars, (Parts 1, 2 and 3). Maiysha Kai, The Root, "Father Comes Home from the Wars," 9 June 2018 In this semi-autobiographical period piece, Simón achieves the rare feat of faithfully recreating the mysterious consciousness of a child. Peter Keough,, "Tragedy from a child’s point of view in ‘Summer 1993’," 7 June 2018 The Cinderella story refuses to dwindle into a period piece; in the last 20 years alone there have been six film remakes with white, black and Latina leads. Danielle Jackson, Longreads, "Duchess Meghan and the New Multiculturalism of the House of Windsor," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of period piece

1909, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of period piece

: something (such as a play, a movie, or a piece of furniture) that is from, set in, or typical of a particular time in history

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