conversation piece


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conversation piece

n.
1. An unusual object that arouses comment or interest.
2. A genre painting, popular especially in the 1700s, depicting a group of people engaged in conversation or an activity.
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conversation piece

n
1. something, esp an unusual object, that provokes conversation
2. (Art Terms) (esp in 18th-century Britain) a group portrait in a landscape or domestic setting
3. (Theatre) a play emphasizing dialogue
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conversa′tion piece`


n.
1. any object that arouses comment because of some striking or unusual quality.
2. a group portrait of people in their customary setting.
[1775–85]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.conversation piece - something interesting that stimulates conversation
center of attention, centre of attention, center, centre - the object upon which interest and attention focuses; "his stories made him the center of the party"
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Translations

conversation piece

n (antique, curiosity) → oggetto di conversazione
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
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