conversation piece
noun Date: 1712 1. a painting of a group of persons in their customary surroundings 2. something (as a novel or unusual object) that stimulates conversation

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • conversation piece — n. 1. a type of genre painting, popular in the 18th cent., which shows a group of people in an appropriate setting 2. something, as an unusual article of furniture, that attracts attention or invites comment …   English World dictionary

  • Conversation piece — For other uses, see Conversation Piece (disambiguation). A conversation piece by Arthur Devis …   Wikipedia

  • Conversation piece — Una conversation piece por Arthur Devis …   Wikipedia Español

  • conversation piece — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms conversation piece : singular conversation piece plural conversation pieces an interesting or unusual object that attracts attention and makes people start talking about it …   English dictionary

  • Conversation Piece — Infobox Song Name =Conversation Piece Border = Caption = Type =B side of The Prettiest Star Artist =David Bowie alt Artist = Album = Published = Released =6 March 1970 Recorded = Genre = Length =3:05 Writer =David Bowie Label =Mercury Producer… …   Wikipedia

  • conversation piece — {n.} Something that interests people and makes them talk about it; something that looks unusual, comical, or strange. * /Uncle Fred has a glass monkey on top of his piano that he keeps for a conversation piece./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • conversation piece — {n.} Something that interests people and makes them talk about it; something that looks unusual, comical, or strange. * /Uncle Fred has a glass monkey on top of his piano that he keeps for a conversation piece./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • conversation\ piece — noun Something that interests people and makes them talk about it; something that looks unusual, comical, or strange. Uncle Fred has a glass monkey on top of his piano that he keeps for a conversation piece …   Словарь американских идиом

  • conversation piece — conver sation .piece n something that provides a subject for conversation often used humorously about objects that seem very strange or ugly …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • conversation piece —    or conversation galante    A portrait of a group of earnest people. Conversation galante is the original and French form of this term, often equivalent to or a variant of the fête galante, made popular by Watteau …   Glossary of Art Terms

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