trin·ket | \ ˈtriŋ-kət \

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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These gifts — ranging everywhere from tech to trinkets — walk the line of thoughtful and affordable. Marissa Miller, Teen Vogue, "20 Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gifts From a Smart Mug to a Spiralizer," 3 May 2018 In Bali, macaques steal trinkets from tourists and hoard them as bartering tools for food (in this case, the exchange rate appears to be one pair of eyeglasses for a slice of bread). Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "How Humans Created the Ultimate Superpests," 9 July 2018 The Salon, the hotel's central meeting area, occupies the former nave of the church and is filled with antique rugs, vintage wireless radios, and trinkets sourced from markets and dealers across Morocco. Alice Newell-hanson, Condé Nast Traveler, "19 Hotels That Used to Be Churches, Temples, and More," 29 Mar. 2018 Once there, you’ll be greeted by vendors selling food, trinkets and other wares. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian, "North America’s Most Spectacular Waterfalls," 18 June 2018 Beside the restrooms is a gumball machine offering trinkets and decals of an alarmingly young Jessica Simpson for a quarter. Bret Anthony Johnston, Bon Appetit, "Panjo’s Pizza Parlor Is the Place That Time Forgot," 6 June 2018 Her daughters, ages 5 and 7, like to shop for trinkets at the vendors’ stands. Emily Williams,, "Crowd swarms lion dance at Chinatown festival," 7 July 2018 Coins are plentiful throughout the latter centuries, as are miscellaneous trinkets such as keys, utensils and combs. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "New Website Unearths Amsterdam’s History Via 700,000 Artifacts Spanning 5,000 Years," 2 July 2018 More than trinkets or pretty objets d´art, artifacts can illustrate an era, movements and innovation as lives change in the home, the community, the work place and en route. Lake County News-Sun, "Calendar: Take a trip back to World War I battlefields at Lake Forest Library event," 27 May 2018

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First Known Use of trinket

circa 1527, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for trinket

origin unknown

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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 \

Kids Definition of trinket

: a small object of little value

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