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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Just before exiting Chisago City, fine jewelry lovers may want to stop at Mueller Jewelers, where designer names, period pieces and trending pieces are among the offerings. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "Day trip to Chisago City, Lindstrom and Center City for shopping, dining with Scandinavian flair," 7 July 2019 An updated kitchen works seamlessly with period pieces and a second-floor patio provides a spot for outdoor entertaining. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Stunning midcentury from Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice asks $855K," 24 June 2019 Well the main difference is that the O.G. Spanish show was a period piece, set in the early 1900s when there was an actual aristocracy in Spain. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "'Grand Hotel' Will Be Your New TV Obsession," 17 June 2019 Sunset, the forty-two-year-old French-Hungarian filmmaker László Nemes’s follow-up to his astonishing 2015 debut Son of Saul, is a gothic melodrama and a modernist period piece, set on the eve of World War I and shadowed by impending doom. The New York Review of Books, "J. Hoberman," 7 Mar. 2019 After all, the Ryan Murphy-Brad Falchuk period piece already made history by hiring more trans performers for its series regular cast than any other TV show ever., "What Makes Pose's Biggest Relationship Special Isn't What You Think," 11 June 2018 But Mayer believes that the drama is so rooted in the era in which it was written that it must be presented as a period piece. Jason Zinoman, Vogue, "In Burn This, Adam Driver and Keri Russell Find Love in a Hopeless Place," 15 Apr. 2019 But her newest period piece, The Spanish Princess, a miniseries that debuts tonight on Starz, isn’t really about swoony romance. Elizabeth Angell, Town & Country, "Laura Carmichael on Why the World of The Spanish Princess Is "So Much More Dangerous" Than Downton," 5 May 2019 You’d be forgiven for thinking that Fosse/Verdon, FX’s latest sumptuous, detailed period piece chronicling a remarkable true story, is a Ryan Murphy production. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Complete Timeline of the Real Relationship Between Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon," 9 Apr. 2019

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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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