tinfoil

noun
tin·​foil | \ ˈtin-ˌfȯi(-ə)l How to pronounce tinfoil (audio) \

Definition of tinfoil

: a paper-thin metal sheeting usually of aluminum or tin-lead alloy

Examples of tinfoil in a Sentence

Wrap the leftover food in tinfoil.

Recent Examples on the Web

Countless more sleeping on concrete floors under tinfoil blankets. Graham Kates, CBS News, "Democrats condemn Trump administration effort to extend migrant detentions," 21 Aug. 2019 Most were lying on kindergarten-style napping mats on the floor, covered with thin, tinfoil blankets. Josh Dawsey, BostonGlobe.com, "At Texas detention facility, Pence sees hundreds of migrants crammed with no beds," 12 July 2019 In Brown’s case, appropriate headgear is a tinfoil helmet, equipped with a large radio antenna. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Raiders’ Antonio Brown and NFL reach agreement on tinfoil helmet," 10 Aug. 2019 Inside, migrants lay on tinfoil-like blankets and some children watched television. Reuters, The Mercury News, "Pence tours crowded migrant detention facility in Texas," 12 July 2019 Earlier in his tour, Pence visited another detention facility with a series of large white tents where most of the detainees were lying on kindergarten-like mats with thin, tinfoil-like blankets. Josh Dawsey, BostonGlobe.com, "At Texas detention facility, Pence sees hundreds of migrants crammed with no beds," 12 July 2019 Earlier in his tour, Pence visited another detention facility with a series of large white tents where most of the detainees were lying on kindergarten-like mats with thin, tinfoil-like blankets. chicagotribune.com, "Vice President Pence’s tour of migrant center near border shows men crowded in sweltering cages," 12 July 2019 Another guy began roaming the halls in a tinfoil hat. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, "Workers Wanted to Watch Russia. Must Tolerate Isolation, Cold, Walruses," 12 July 2019 My mother had artfully fashioned a crown out of tinfoil and draped it with one of her necklaces to give it a bit of glitz. Mary Grimm, The New Yorker, "Back Then," 17 June 2019

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First Known Use of tinfoil

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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tinfoil

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tinfoil

: a thin sheet of shiny metal that is used especially for cooking or storing food

tinfoil

noun
tin·​foil | \ ˈtin-ˌfȯil How to pronounce tinfoil (audio) \

Kids Definition of tinfoil

: a thin metal sheeting usually of aluminum or an alloy of tin and lead

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