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clinquant

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adjective clin·quant \ˈkliŋ-kənt, klaⁿ-ˈkäⁿ\

Definition of clinquant

  1. :  glittering with gold or tinsel



Origin and Etymology of clinquant

Middle French, from present participle of clinquer to glitter, literally, to clink, of imitative origin


First Known Use: 1591


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clinquant

noun clin·quant

Definition of clinquant

  1. :  tinsel



Origin and Etymology of clinquant

French, from clinquant, adjective


First Known Use: 1682


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