Definition of tinsel in English:

tinsel

Line breaks: tin¦sel
Pronunciation: /ˈtɪns(ə)l
 
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noun

[mass noun]
1A form of decoration consisting of thin strips of shiny metal foil attached to a long piece of thread: a room bedecked with tinsel and fairy lights
More example sentences
  • Another reader said hanging Christmas tinsel or aluminium foil strips in trees where fruit bats feed also works well.
  • There wasn't a single extra piece of tinsel, no baubles, no lights, no street entertainment at all.
  • In one striking image, a porch is shown elaborately decorated for Christmas with tinsel, stockings, ornaments and toys.
Synonyms
spangle, glitter, metallic yarn
rare clinquant
1.1Showy or superficial attractiveness or glamour: his taste for the tinsel of the art world
More example sentences
  • The presence of glamorous tinsel stars add more sheen to any function with frenzied crowd trying to have a glimpse of their favourite stars.
  • But it's alternative; it's for people who think glamour is not tinsel.
  • At the end, she waved to the crowd with a tinsel glamour and sported a forced, yet innocent smile, revealing her missing tooth.
Synonyms

Origin

late Middle English (denoting fabric either interwoven with metallic thread or spangled): from Old French estincele 'spark', or estinceler 'to sparkle', based on Latin scintilla 'a spark'.

Derivatives

tinselled

(US tinseled) adjective
More example sentences
  • Sligo's Christmas decorations had never been this spectacular, each dazzling tinselled window upstaging the next.
  • Casino will be lit up, tinselled and humming for Christmas.
  • Young girls in hip-huggers waved tinselled flags reading Shalom [peace] in Hebrew.

tinselly

adjective
More example sentences
  • Simultaneously, costume designs grow ever more formulaic - some skimpy square inches of spandex, a few festoons of beads, a few tinselly loops of braid, and a feather or two, with a few dozen colour variations.
  • Doesn't it mean something that at Christmas a real proper song might be number one instead of the usual tinselly tat?
  • Candlelight, tinselly twirls, soft focus spots and moody atmospherics provided an intimate setting.

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