period piece


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

Examples of period piece in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So, one of her mandates was to restore the home’s innate charm—while drawing the line between honoring the history without turning it into a period piece. Carly Olson, Architectural Digest, 26 June 2024 You’d be forgiven for thinking that the Reagan years would be West’s safe space, given 2009’s pitch-perfect period piece The House of The Devil (which covers similar ground, thematically), but MaXXXine pulls back on that kind of detail in a way that’s surprising. Damon Wise, Deadline, 26 June 2024 Olivia Colman, ‘The Favourite’ (2019) Director Yorgos Lanthimos blew up the stuffy period piece with this gonzo 18th-century comedy. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 11 Mar. 2024 Batman: Caped Crusader — which will air on Prime Video, which saved the show when Max passed on it in 2022 — is a true Batman period piece, taking place in the 1940s when the superhero made his comic-book debut. Ben Rosenstock, Vulture, 20 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for period piece 

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Word History

First Known Use

1909, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of period piece was in 1909

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“Period piece.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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