knick·​knack | \ˈnik-ˌnak \
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Definition of knickknack 

: a small trivial article usually intended for ornament

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Examples of knickknack in a Sentence

The shelves were filled with knickknacks. a variety of pretty porcelain knickknacks adorned the mantel

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Books, my alarm clock, my BlackBerry, a little fish dish that holds knickknacks, a hair scrunchie. Cortney Pellettieri, Good Housekeeping, "This Mom's Life: Soledad O'Brien," 7 June 2011 Comics, fairgrounds, movies, famous paintings, parks, forests, knickknacks, gardens, childhood — all are grist for the Ashberian smoothie. Michael Robbins,, "'John Ashbery: They Knew What They Wanted' celebrates a poet and collagist who understood the value of fun," 9 May 2018 If shopping gets your heart thumping, Pangaea Outpost has an eclectic array of jewelry, clothing and knickknacks from indie merchants. Dorothy O'donnell,, "On a weekend escape to Pacific Beach, you can party on the boardwalk and chill on the bay," 5 July 2018 Others are filled with jewelry, toys, and other knickknacks and bric-a-brac. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Antique shop opens in South Milwaukee in former NASCAR storefront," 23 May 2018 Her store, opened in 1984, started out with books on diverse topics, along with knickknacks for the home, Tim McNeal said. Cathie Anderson, sacbee, "Carol McNeal, who built a library of black experience at Sacramento bookstore, dies at 86," 10 July 2018 Most freshmen decorate with eclectic knickknacks; not so the 2017 T&C swan. Olivia Martin, Town & Country, "Delilah Belle Hamlin's Luxurious Dorm Room is a Tribeca Apartment," 28 June 2018 Only two blocks long, this shabby lane full of competing aromas, lined with shops selling jewelry, antiques, knickknacks, artworks and, especially, Oriental rugs, has been a magnet for generations of foreign visitors looking for Afghan exotica. Rod Nordland, New York Times, "There Are No Chickens on Chicken Street. Now There Are No Customers Either.," 22 Apr. 2018 Consequently, all the wedding souvenirs for sale in shops — the tea towels, tea cups and other knickknacks — had the wrong date. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Royal wedding drama: Meghan Markle's not alone when it comes to prenuptial stress, chaos," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of knickknack

1682, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for knickknack

reduplication of knack

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English Language Learners Definition of knickknack

: a small object used for decoration


knick·​knack | \ˈnik-ˌnak\

Kids Definition of knickknack

: a small ornamental object

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a knickknack or trinket

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