something, as a novel, painting, or building, of interest or value primarily because it evokes or epitomizes a particular period of history.
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Origin of period piece
First recorded in 1925–30
Words nearby period piece
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British Dictionary definitions for period piece
an object, a piece of music, a play, etc, valued for its quality of evoking a particular historical period: often one regarded as of little except historical interest
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