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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Recent Examples on the Web Not Fade Away, a period piece that employed Van Zandt as music supervisor and performance coach. Matt Zoller Seitz, Vulture, 5 Oct. 2021 Foy, who won the lead drama actress race in 2018 for her role of Queen Elizabeth II, appeared in the fourth season of the royal family period piece in a short flashback scene. Danielle Turchiano, Variety, 12 Sep. 2021 Like West Side Story, this new variation is a period piece simply because the original source material took place in the then-present which is now the past. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 16 Sep. 2021 Yet once the glitzy excitement over these titles had subsided, Diwan’s quietly devastating period piece wowed critics at the festival’s midway point, announcing itself as a potential dark horse to upend the big guns. Guy Lodge, Variety, 11 Sep. 2021 Page also reflected on the still somewhat novel image of a non-white actor in a period piece, in this case, in a Regency-era romance. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 26 May 2021 The period piece includes a number of familiar names, including Dorian Gray, Mina Harker, Victor Frankenstein, Henry Jekyll, and even Count Dracula. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, 1 Feb. 2021 The werewolf tale gets a welcome refresh with writer/director Sean Ellis' freaky period piece. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 12 Aug. 2021 Production on the 1950s period piece, starring Chris Rock and Jason Schwartzman as rival Kansas City gangsters, then resumed in late August without incident. Hugh Hart, Los Angeles Times, 23 June 2021

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First Known Use of period piece

1909, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of period piece was in 1909

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17 Oct 2021

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“Period piece.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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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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