Definition of period piece in US English:

period piece


  • An object or work that is set in or strongly reminiscent of an earlier historical period.

    • ‘The supply is not endless, so it is a thought as to what will become the period pieces of the future.’
    • ‘Listening to the tapes, it became obvious their styles were period pieces.’
    • ‘Curiously - for it is a period piece - a new edition of the book has just been published.’
    • ‘Both films are period pieces - investigations of milieus - and the journalistic detachment gives the impression that an insider made them, imbuing the films with a creepy, disturbing authority.’
    • ‘As a period piece, her book has a weird fascination, but quite why it found its way into print remains a mystery.’
    • ‘This is a period piece, seeking to recreate the look and feel of those times, from the low contrast bleached out picture to the synthesizer heaven that is the soundtrack.’
    • ‘If you enjoy historical or period pieces, then this is definitely something you would enjoy.’
    • ‘By the 1980s, these texts had become period pieces of demonstrable intellectual shallowness.’
    • ‘My guess - and it's nothing more than that - is that he'll be seen as a period piece.’
    • ‘The sleeping area contains a bed and armoire inspired by period pieces from 19th-century France.’
    • ‘I'm not a fan of the period pieces, but I really warmed up to it and, quite frankly, I loved it.’
    • ‘Elbowing in on their act, of course, are those unique artist who dress in a period piece and then stand in one position for what seems time eternal.’
    • ‘Mostly short, the essays range from period pieces to recent history writing, from the dry to the witty, and from overviews to precise accounts.’
    • ‘Although period pieces in terms of technology, many of these books contain sensible - and timeless - advice.’
    • ‘The new version will be a period piece, though it is likely to begin in the present day, with someone setting the scene.’
    • ‘Visitors are also treated to a two-floor museum containing original and period pieces and over 10,000 historic objects.’
    • ‘The vast majority were period pieces, costume melodramas, comedies, and films of a nonpolitical nature.’
    • ‘Employing 8,000 extras and 12,000 costumes, the period piece, not surprisingly, was the most expensive Korean production ever.’
    • ‘At that time it was a contemporary drama; now it is a period piece, and the transition is managed with superlative intelligence.’
    • ‘The house was bought in 1969 by an Englishman, who restored it meticulously and furnished it with appropriate period pieces.’
    collector's item, museum piece, antiquity, object of virtu
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period piece

/ˈpirēəd pēs//ˈpɪriəd pis/