- one of the figures, disks, blocks, or the like, of wood, plastic, ivory, or other material, used in playing a board game.
- (in chess) a king, queen, bishop, knight, or rook; a superior man or figure, as distinguished from a pawn: One of the opening principles in chess is piece development.
- a rifle, pistol, or other small firearm.
- a cannon or other unit of ordnance: Each field piece was drawn by six horses.
- Usually Disparaging and Offensive. a person, usually a woman, considered as a sexual partner: His ex-girlfriend was one fine piece.
- sexual intercourse: He's always looking for piece of ass.
OTHER WORDS FOR piece
Idioms about piece
- to break into fragments.
- to lose control of oneself; become emotionally or physically upset: When he flunked out of medical school he went to pieces.
Origin of piece
synonym study for piece
usage note for piece
historical usage of piece
The American colloquialism wanna get a piece of me? (a challenge to a fight) dates back to 1953; piece in the derogatory sense “girl or woman (regarded as a sex object)” dates back to the 16th century; piece of ass to 1857; and (nasty) piece of work dates from the 18th century.
OTHER WORDS FROM piecemul·ti·piece, adjectiveun·pieced, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH piecepeace, piece
Words nearby piece
How to use piece in a sentence
“It was ludicrous,” she said of the piece, which ran in June.
Likewise, I may update this piece as more information becomes available.Want to fight climate change effectively? Here’s where to donate your money.|Sigal Samuel|September 17, 2020|Vox
You start with a theory of small pieces, say the atoms in a billiard ball.How Mathematical ‘Hocus-Pocus’ Saved Particle Physics|Charlie Wood|September 17, 2020|Quanta Magazine
What to remember when casting your ballotThe most important piece of advice you’ll need when voting, early or not, is to follow directions carefully.Why you should vote as early as possible (and how to do it)|John Kennedy|September 17, 2020|Popular-Science
So some of the people I spoke to while reporting this piece explained that there are some inconsistencies between the decree that brought in this database and the data sharing and the new data law, the LGPD.Podcast: COVID-19 is helping turn Brazil into a surveillance state|Anthony Green|September 16, 2020|MIT Technology Review
The well, ghost or no ghost, is certainly a piece of history with a bold presence.New York’s Most Tragic Ghost Loves Minimalist Swedish Fashion|Nina Strochlic|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
My doctor insisted that once I filed this piece I lie down on my bed and not get out.I Tried to Warn You About Sleazy Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2003|Vicky Ward|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Last March they gave Airbus a huge piece of new business, ordering 169 A320s and 65 of the slightly larger A321.Annoying Airport Delays Might Prevent You From Becoming the Next AirAsia 8501|Clive Irving|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The attempt to “breed back” the Auroch of Teutonic legend was of a piece with the Nazi obsession with racial purity and eugenics.
However, an article designed to act as a tie-in to the piece has been published as planned in the BBC magazine Radio Times.Pulled Documentary Says William Felt ‘Used’ by Charles’ Push for Camilla|Tom Sykes|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I assure you, no matter how beautifully we play any piece, the minute Liszt plays it, you would scarcely recognize it!Music-Study in Germany|Amy Fay
I was busy loading the piece when an exclamation of surprise from one of the men made me look up.
There were two battalions, together about a thousand men; and they brought a field-piece with them.
She got up and stood in front of the fire, having her hand on the chimney-piece and looking down at the blaze.Confidence|Henry James
With a groan, wrung from the very depths of his heart, he tossed the man a gold-piece; another to the woman.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
British Dictionary definitions for piece
- a firearm or cannon
- (in combination)fowling-piece
- a slice of bread or a sandwich
- a packed lunch taken to work, school, etc
- (of a person) to lose control of oneself; have a breakdown
- (of a building, organization, etc) to disintegrate
Word Origin for piece
Other Idioms and Phrases with piece
In addition to the idioms beginning with piece
- piece by piece
- piece of ass
- piece of cake
- piece of change
- piece of one's mind
- piece of the action
- piece together
- all in one piece
- conversation piece
- go to pieces
- museum piece
- of a piece
- pick apart (to pieces)
- pick up the pieces
- puff piece
- say one's piece
- think piece
- thrill to pieces
- to pieces
- villain of the piece