trin·​ket | \ ˈtriŋ-kət How to pronounce trinket (audio) \

Definition of trinket

1 : a small ornament (such as a jewel or ring)
2 : a small article of equipment
3 : a thing of little value : trifle

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Examples of trinket in a Sentence

the top of his desk was littered with trinkets that were collected as souvenirs from various vacations

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According to the Guardian’s Mark Brown, the painting had been stashed in a box of trinkets that was purchased by a buyer in the South African city of Pietermaritzburg for the equivalent of around $34 (or £27). Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "The Charles Dickens Museum Acquires ‘Lost’ Portrait of the Author as a Young Man," 20 July 2019 In the meantime, before all these deals are snatched up, there's quite an array of eye-catching trinkets to choose from, so start bookmarking your favorite pieces now to make things easy once the sale launches. Allure, "All This Baublebar Jewelry Is Discounted for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale," 12 July 2019 Working from a cozy set with a smattering of Hollywood trinkets, Mr. Dorian introduced films from the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s, offering anecdotes that fed the appetites of movie lovers with memories of revered classics, B-movies and serials. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, "Bob Dorian, Genial Guide to Old Films on AMC, Is Dead at 85," 1 July 2019 While a bit on the casual side, Bay Street’s Straw Market captures Nassau’s island spirit through handmade trinkets and souvenirs worth the extra checked bag on the way home. Céline Bossart, Town & Country, "The Complete Travel Guide to Nassau and Paradise Island in the Bahamas," 30 Nov. 2017 Working from a cozy set with a smattering of Hollywood trinkets, Dorian introduced films from the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s, offering anecdotes of revered classics, B-movies and serials. Richard Sandomir,, "Bob Dorian — host for historic movies on AMC," 1 July 2019 One customer wasted no time and snagged the cutest trinket dish for only $9... ...while some people plan to make all of their purchases during the week—to beat the weekend rush. Tainaya Nash, House Beautiful, "This Home Store Is Already Stocked with Halloween Decor," 18 June 2019 That could include flying trinkets to space and then selling them on Earth. New York Times, "Want to Buy a Ticket to the Space Station? NASA Says Soon You Can," 7 June 2019 Festivities start with street parties the evening before, and continue the next day with huge flea markets selling trinkets and food. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "30 Places to Travel This Spring," 12 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of trinket

circa 1527, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for trinket

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The first known use of trinket was circa 1527

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English Language Learners Definition of trinket

: a piece of jewelry or an ornament that has little value


trin·​ket | \ ˈtriŋ-kət How to pronounce trinket (audio) \

Kids Definition of trinket

: a small object of little value

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