Definition of conversation piece in English:

conversation piece


  • 1A painting of a genre in which groups of figures are posed in a landscape or domestic setting, popular especially in the 18th century.

    • ‘He is portrayed in a conversation piece of c.1735-40 by James Worsdale, now in the National Gallery of Ireland.’
    • ‘He preferred the small, informal portrait, the conversation piece, landscape, and genre painting to full-length portraits in 18th-century British art.’
    • ‘We have all seen the intense concentration that appears on the face of Anne Buxton in the conversation piece by Henry Walton, an expression that becomes the subject of Reynolds's ‘fancy’ picture A Boy Reading.’
    collector's item, rare person, rare thing, rare bird, marvel, wonder, nonpareil, one of a kind, find
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  • 2An object whose unusual quality makes it a topic of conversation.

    ‘an umbrella stand conversation piece painted in garish colours’
    • ‘Amazingly, it works rather well also, and is serving as a great conversation piece.’
    • ‘Despite these other reasons, she said the main reason she bought the horse is it's a nice conversation piece that looks good in her shop.’
    • ‘Playing an important role in the overall design are a few family heirlooms, including the glass-top coffee table, often a conversation piece.’
    • ‘The root is so magnificently ugly with its rough textured black hide that it makes a fabulous conversation piece.’
    • ‘The books are not really about practical advice or ideas for the home - they are novelty items, a treat for the eyes and a conversation piece for the coffee table.’
    • ‘It can be a conversation piece and is not just a beverage.’
    • ‘What it is, is a high-quality miniature that makes a great conversation piece.’
    • ‘The remaining empty seat was a big conversation piece.’
    • ‘If you buy a properly researched piece of art, it will become a conversation piece and enrich lives.’
    • ‘Keep the device in slide show mode and it will become a terrific conversation piece.’
    • ‘The flexible screen makes an excellent conversation piece and accent to my room decor.’
    • ‘It had always struck him that they would make a great conversation piece.’
    • ‘Though it remains monotonous and fails to have the spark that will compel you to finish it, it oozes quality and would make a great conversation piece at Christmas Dinner.’
    • ‘In the end the only useful purpose the movie serves is as an excellent conversation piece.’
    • ‘Whether hip-hop, classical, or traditional, the tune you carry will be an obvious conversation piece.’
    • ‘They also make a great conversation piece because of their very unusual colors.’
    • ‘Each year we have them out in front of the house and it is a conversation piece.’
    • ‘By the same token, an original or funky coffee table, end table or even barstool can serve as the conversation piece of your loft.’
    • ‘Instead, it's a conversation piece that is destined to draw attention.’
    • ‘‘It adds so much interest to the home and it's definitely a conversation piece,’ Thompson said.’
    oddity, curio, novelty, object of virtu, collector's item
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