kitsch

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noun \ˈkich\

Definition of kitsch

  1. 1 :  something that appeals to popular or lowbrow taste and is often of poor quality

  2. 2 :  a tacky or lowbrow quality or condition teetering on the brink of kitsch — Ron Miller

kitschy

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Examples of kitsch in a Sentence

  1. The restaurant is decorated with 1950s furniture and kitsch from old TV shows.

Recent Examples of kitsch from the Web

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The fashionable clothing label ... kicked off the revival last June..., putting its models in Miranda-inspired swimsuits and marching them through a gantlet of 50 tons of bananas, writes Mac Margolis in Newsweek International (January 2006) of a fabulously kitschy gala commemoration for the late Brazilian singer and actress Carmen Miranda. Since we borrowed kitsch from German in the 1920s, it has been our word for things in the realm of popular culture that dangle, like car mirror dice, precariously close to tackiness. But although things that can be described with kitsch and the related adjective kitschy are clearly not fine art, they may appeal to certain tastes-some folks delight in velvet paintings, plastic flamingos, dashboard hula dancers, and Carmen Miranda revivals!

Origin and Etymology of kitsch

German


KITSCH Defined for English Language Learners

kitsch

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Definition of kitsch for English Language Learners

  • : things (such as movies or works of art) that are of low quality and that many people find amusing and enjoyable



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