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1tinsel

noun tin·sel \ˈtin(t)-səl also ˈtin-zəl\

: thin strips of shiny metal or paper that are used as decoration

: something that seems attractive or appealing but is of little worth

Full Definition of TINSEL

1
:  threads, strips, or sheets of metal, paper, or plastic used to produce a glittering and sparkling appearance in fabrics, yarns, or decorations
2
:  something superficially attractive or glamorous but of little real worth <disfigured by no gaudy tinsel of rhetoric or declamation — Thomas Jefferson>

Examples of TINSEL

  1. I like to decorate the Christmas tree with tinsel.
  2. He's not attracted to the tinsel and glitter of Hollywood.

Origin of TINSEL

Middle English tyneseyle cloth interwoven with metallic thread, probably from Anglo-French tencelé, past participle of tenceler, estenceler to sparkle — more at stencil
First Known Use: 1538

Related to TINSEL

2tinsel

adjective

Definition of TINSEL

1
:  made of or covered with tinsel
2
a :  cheaply gaudy :  tawdry
b :  specious, superficial <tinsel promises>

First Known Use of TINSEL

1575

3tinsel

transitive verb
tin·seled or tin·selledtin·sel·ing or tin·sel·ling \ˈtin(t)-s(ə-)liŋ also ˈtin-zə-liŋ\

Definition of TINSEL

1
:  to interweave, overlay, or adorn with or as if with tinsel
2
:  to impart a specious brightness to

First Known Use of TINSEL

1594
TINSELING Defined for Kids

tinsel

noun tin·sel \ˈtin-səl\

Definition of TINSEL for Kids

1
:  a thread or strip of metal or plastic used for decoration
2
:  something that seems attractive but is of little worth

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