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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Food and glow trinkets will be available for purchase. Jennifer Michelle Greenberg, Houston Chronicle, "Nightime sky to sparkle on Fourth in southeast communities," 29 June 2018 There were as many disposable trinkets made in China commemorating the June LGBTQ celebration of Pride as there were red, white, and blue Fourth of July tchotchkes. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, "At Target and Walmart, Pride is profitable. The Supreme Court ought to drop by.," 7 June 2018 Trial testimony revealed another partygoer had casually slipped the trinket on her wrist. Keith L. Alexander, Washington Post, "Eight years after one of the District’s deadliest mass shooting, grief and pain persist," 30 Mar. 2018 Other booths sell trinkets like comic character coasters, posters, glasses, unusual monster paintings that have an eerie glow and things too unusual to describe. Michael Sangiacomo,, "Wizard World Cleveland opens with a bang (photos)," 2 Mar. 2018 People ascribed the value of their effort to the trinket. Jeff Stibel, USA TODAY, "The truth about shopper rewards. They're mostly a trick and rarely a treat," 12 Feb. 2018 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

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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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