A thing considered as a unit or an element of a larger thing, quantity, or class; a portion: a piece of string. A portion or part that has been separated from a whole: a piece of cake. An object that is one member of a group or class: a piece of furniture. An artistic, musical, or literary work or composition: "They are lively and well-plotted pieces, both in prose\u201d ( Tucker Brooke). An instance; a specimen: a piece of sheer folly. A declaration of one's opinions or findings: speak one's piece. A coin: a ten-cent piece. Games One of the counters or figures used in playing various board games. Games Any one of the chess figures other than a pawn. Slang A firearm, especially a rifle. Informal A given distance: "There was farm country down the road on the right a piece\u201d ( James Agee). Vulgar Slang A sexually attractive person. To mend by adding pieces or a piece to. To join or unite the pieces of: He pieced together the vase. She pieced together an account of what had gone on during the stormy meeting. a piece of (one's) mind Frank and severe criticism; censure. of a piece Belonging to the same class or kind. piece by piece In stages: took the clock apart piece by piece. piece of cake Informal Something very easy to do: "Relearning to fly was a piece of cake\u201d ( Burton Bernstein). piece of the action Slang A share of an activity or of profits: "a piece of the action in a Florida land deal\u201d ( Shana Alexander). piece of work A remarkable person, achievement, or product: "He's a very tough piece of work\u201d ( Ted Koppel).