time·​piece | \ˈtīm-ˌpēs \

Definition of timepiece 

: a device (such as a clock or watch) to measure or show progress of time especially : one that does not chime

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Synonyms for timepiece


chronometer, clock, timekeeper, timer

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Examples of timepiece in a Sentence

the only timepiece she used at the cabin was a garden sundial

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Poetic Astronomy,’ where heaven and earth merge to create a dreamlike setting for extraordinary timepieces inspired by the beauty of the cosmos. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "Behind the Scenes of Tribeca Ball, One of New York’s Most Glamorous Galas," 3 Apr. 2018 Also, in honor of the upcoming four-day family reunion of Porsche enthusiasts, Porsche Design made a special commemorative timepiece called the Chronotimer Rennsport Reunion VI available for pre-order in late June. Adam Tschorn, latimes.com, "Porsche Design revs up its West Coast style profile with limited-edition watch, Aug. 3 L.A. runway show," 2 July 2018 In normal use, at least, this approach doesn’t seem particularly disruptive and might even make the watch look like a more traditional digital timepiece. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "The TicWatch Pro uses a transparent second display to save power," 24 May 2018 Chris designs playful timepieces with a hint of vintage flair, all running on reliable Japanese Miyota and Seiko movements. Justin Mastine-frost, Esquire, "6 Kickstarter-Funded Watches Worth Your Time," 16 June 2015 Steve McQueen’s Destroyed-in-a-Wildfire Rolex Is Going Up for Auction Courtesy of Phillips Another legendary timepiece is set to bolster the watch market’s already explosive growth. Cam Wolf, GQ, "Steve McQueen’s Destroyed-in-a-Wildfire Rolex Is Going Up for Auction," 5 June 2018 At 88 years old, Hedren, who's mother to Melanie Griffith and grandmother to Dakota Johnson, stuns in the new ads for Gucci jewelry and timepieces. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Tippi Hedren Lands A Gucci Campaign At 88 Years Old," 15 May 2018 Armie Hammer, Denzel Washington, Justin Timberlake and others paired their tuxes with the latest in status timepieces. Laurie Brookins, The Hollywood Reporter, "Golden Globes 2018: Hot Watches on the Men in Black," 9 Jan. 2018 About three months ago, the experts concluded that this was the famous spy’s timepiece. Ronen Bergman, New York Times, "Israel’s Secret Operation to Recover the Watch of a Legendary Spy," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of timepiece

1765, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of timepiece

: a clock or watch


time·​piece | \ˈtīm-ˌpēs \

Kids Definition of timepiece

: a device (as a clock or watch) to measure the passing of time

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