Meaning of PIECE in English

I. ˈpēs noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Vulgar Latin * pettia, of Gaulish origin; akin to Welsh peth thing

Date: 13th century

1. : a part of a whole: as

a. : fragment

piece s of broken glass

b. : any of the individual members comprising a unit — often used in combination

a five- piece band

a three- piece suit

c. : portion , allocation

a piece of the jackpot

2. : an object or individual regarded as a unit of a kind or class

a piece of fruit

3. : a usually unspecified distance

down the road a piece

4. : a standard quantity (as of length, weight, or size) in which something is made or sold

5. : a literary, journalistic, artistic, dramatic, or musical composition

6. : firearm

7. : coin ; also : token

8. : a movable object used in playing a board game ; specifically : a chessman other than a pawn

9. : opinion , view

spoke his piece


a. usually vulgar : an act of copulation

b. usually vulgar : the female partner in sexual intercourse

11. : instance , example

silly piece of nonsense

a nice piece of acting

Synonyms: see part

- of a piece

- piece of one's mind

- piece of the action

- to pieces

II. transitive verb

( pieced ; piec·ing )

Date: 15th century

1. : to repair, renew, or complete by adding pieces : patch

2. : to join into a whole — often used with together

his new book…has been pieced together from talks — Merle Miller

• piec·er noun

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.