Definition of tinsel in English:

tinsel

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

[mass noun]

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.

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'.

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