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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An unusual object that arouses comment or interest.
  • n. A genre painting, popular especially in the 18th century, depicting a group of fashionable people.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An unusual item, such as a painting, or a tabletop knick-knack which encourages comment from visitors, and so helps to break the ice.
  • n. A painting of a group of people engaged in conversation or some other activity, popular in 18th century.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. something interesting that stimulates conversation

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