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
Recent Examples on the Web The Spit houses the community’s boat harbor, barge terminal, large vessel dock, charter fishing operations, adventure outfits, trinket stores, art shops, seasonal restaurants, million-dollar condominiums and Homer’s most upscale hotel. Mike Campbell, Anchorage Daily News, "Got 1, 2 or 3 days to explore? Here are some fun itineraries," 28 May 2020 If a trinket or spontaneous purchase sparks more fun, don't feel guilty. oregonlive, "Horoscope for April 3, 2020: Happy birthday Eddie Murphy; Aquarius, mind your manners," 3 Apr. 2020 The collectible trinket has become a fixture as giveaway promotions at sporting events. Ledyard King, USA TODAY, "A nod to fame: Dr. Fauci is getting his own bobblehead in support of 100 million mask challenge," 1 Apr. 2020 The stores were then passed around like a trinket among a bewildering assortment of other investors. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "Fairway and What We Mourn in a Store," 25 Jan. 2020 And who could resist that convenient excuse to let the piles of paper and weird trinkets accumulate? Angela Haupt, Washington Post, "Marie Kondo has a new book on tidying up at the office. Her tips work at the home office, too.," 8 Apr. 2020 In the latter cases, players are asked to run through towns and find nearby, dungeon-like paths, which usually contain hidden trinkets and varied monster battles. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Final Fantasy VII Remake spoiler-free review: Our kind of Cloud gaming," 6 Apr. 2020 The idea was born to create an elaborate replica of their favorite ride, using toys, trinkets and tchotchkes from around his house and garage. oregonlive, "Grandpa builds replica ‘It’s a Small World’ at home to take grandkids on virtual Disney ride," 1 Apr. 2020 On every surface were books and trinkets and junk — Civil War histories, annals of the county, dictionaries, empty beer bottles, packages of ramen noodles. Tim Arango, New York Times, "Meet the Unlikely Hero Saving California’s Oldest Weekly Paper," 10 Feb. 2020

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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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9 Jun 2020

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“Trinket.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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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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