Definition of tchotchke in English:

tchotchke

Syllabification: tchotch·ke
Pronunciation: /ˈCHäCHkə
 
/
(also tsatske)

noun

informal
  • 1North American A small object that is decorative rather than strictly functional; a trinket.
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    • The group staged golf tournaments and cruises and sold innumerable collectible tchotchkes - limited-edition wooden plaques, team pictures, 25th anniversary prepaid calling cards.
    • He has a huge collection of tchotchkes.
    • In return, he gets an eagle tchotchke for his knickknack shelf because ‘eagles have no borders.’
  • 2US A pretty girl or woman.
    More example sentences
    • Leo Rosten, author of The Joys of Yiddish, gives an alternate sense of tchotchke as meaning a desirable young girl, a "pretty young thing".

Origin

1960s: Yiddish.

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