clinquant

adjective
clin·​quant | \ ˈkliŋ-kənt How to pronounce clinquant (audio) , klaⁿ-ˈkäⁿ How to pronounce clinquant (audio) \

Definition of clinquant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: glittering with gold or tinsel

clinquant

noun

Definition of clinquant (Entry 2 of 2)

: tinsel

First Known Use of clinquant

Adjective

1591, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1682, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for clinquant

Adjective

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

Noun

French, from clinquant, adjective

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“Clinquant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clinquant. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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