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Examples of tchotchke in a Sentence
a bedroom with polka-dot curtains, flowery wallpaper, and shelves cluttered with tchotchkes from a lifetime of vacations
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But theme meals and tchotchkes would not be enough to lure the 600,000 visitors who come to Graceland each year, even now, 40 years later.
On Saturday, July 15, the Silver Room Block Party turned 53rd Street in Hyde Park into a giant outdoor festival, overflowing with live music, pop-up art exhibits, spontaneous dance parties, and vendors selling food, books, clothes, and tchotchkes.
Fifth Harmony used to tour malls like this: shopped from town to town, crammed between kiosks for tchotchkes and lit by department store signs.
Elephant ivory is one of the biggest—each year, some 30,000 elephants are killed in Africa to meet demand for ivory, mainly in China, where it’s carved into intricate works of art, jewelry, and tchotchkes.
Then, on a lark, Neino joined a team that competed at the 2011 Defcon 19 hacking contest in Las Vegas and won a coveted Black Badge, a tchotchke shaped like a skull, almost actual size, designed to hang around the neck.
In the next room — inside heavy wooden drawers, beneath bubble wrap — were a sample of the tchotchkes that Williams had collected.
The set looks like the tchotchke aisle at the Salvation Army Store.
JERUSALEM — There aren't as many Trump tchotchkes or posters visible as when past U.S. presidents have visited Israel for the first time.
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Did You Know?
Just as trinkets can dress up your shelves or coffee table, many words for "miscellaneous objects" or "nondescript junk" decorate our language. Knickknack, doodad, gewgaw, and whatnot are some of the more common ones. While many such words are of unknown origin, we know that tchotchke comes from the Yiddish tshatshke of the same meaning, and ultimately from a now-obsolete Polish word, czaczko. Tchotchke is a pretty popular word these days, but it wasn't commonly used in English until the 1970s.
Origin and Etymology of tchotchke
First Known Use: 1971See Words from the same year
Synonymsbauble, bibelot, curio, curiosity, doodad, gaud, gewgaw (also geegaw), gimcrack, kickshaw, novelty, ornamental, knickknack, trinket
Related Wordsbijouterie, bric-a-brac, gimcrackery, trinketry, trumpery, virtu (or vertu); bagatelle, trifle; figurine, objet d'art (also objet), ornament; keepsake, memento, souvenir; conversation piece; collectible (or collectable), collector's item
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