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

Examples of trinket in a Sentence

the top of his desk was littered with trinkets that were collected as souvenirs from various vacations
Recent Examples on the Web Gift it alone as a sweet trinket or include it in a gift bundle. Terri Huggins Hart, Woman's Day, 1 Aug. 2022 New product offerings include metal candles, available in four different fragrances and corresponding designs, as well as playful, hand-shaped trinket trays. Helena Madden, ELLE Decor, 27 July 2022 There are also ceramic trinket trays and boxes that showcase designs including butterflies and flowers. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 26 July 2022 For people who enter the Boundary Waters from the west, the gateway is Ely, a town of hipster tourist cafés, dark taverns, trinket shops, and canoes stacked five high on outfitter lawns. Stephanie Pearson, Outside Online, 20 May 2019 Even if your loved one isn’t keen on gifts this year, surprising him with a small trinket is a great way to show appreciation. Helena Madden, ELLE Decor, 26 May 2022 But when would Michigan have implemented its own trinket before now? Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, 6 June 2022 Surely a testimonial to their great kindness will be more valued than any trinket. Washington Post, 19 Apr. 2022 The thieves’ luck finally runs out, however, during a plot to steal a prize trinket at a swanky charity gala. Guy Lodge, Variety, 28 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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“Trinket.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of trinket

: a small object of little value

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