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museum piece

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noun
  1. something suitable for keeping and exhibiting in a museum.
  2. something very old-fashioned or decrepit: That car he drives is a museum piece.
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Origin of museum piece

First recorded in 1900–05
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Related Words for museum piece

antique, classic, curio, heirloom, masterpiece, showpiece

British Dictionary definitions for museum piece

museum piece

noun
  1. an object of sufficient age or interest to be kept in a museum
  2. informal a person or thing regarded as antiquated or decrepit
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Idioms and Phrases with museum piece

museum piece

An elderly or old-fashioned item or person, as in When are you going to sell that museum piece of a car? or Aunt Jane comes from another era—she's a real museum piece. This expression originated about 1900 for an article valuable enough for museum display but began to be used disparagingly from about 1915.

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