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 At the airfield’s peak in 2010 and 2011, its famous and much derided boardwalk housed snack shops, chain restaurants, a hockey rink and trinket stores. New York Times, 3 May 2021 At the airfield’s peak in 2010 and 2011, its famous and much derided boardwalk housed snack shops, chain restaurants, a hockey rink, and trinket stores., 3 May 2021 Some of the examples are trinket-sized and look like starbursts or triangular fortune cookies. Max G. Levy, Wired, 27 Apr. 2021 As with John Wick and his dog, the trinket unleashes the geyser of simmering rage hidden within. Robert Daniels, Los Angeles Times, 25 Mar. 2021 Buying a Gucci gown or a Tiffany trinket in one of Hainan’s giant, posh malls feels no different from shopping on Fifth Avenue in New York or Avenue Montaigne in Paris—until the tills are rung. The Economist, 21 Feb. 2021 Blackwood is also flanked by his twins, one of whom is holding the Imp trinket. Jessica Goldstein, Vulture, 31 Dec. 2020 Among them is something that appears to be a cheap knockoff trinket made of citrine quartz, that turns out to be something much more powerful—and dangerous. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 25 Dec. 2020 The ritual was repeated throughout the two-hour interview; at one point, when Billy was deep into a point and had forgotten to replenish the treat pile, the squirrel knocked over a trinket. Los Angeles Times, 20 Dec. 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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17 May 2021

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“Trinket.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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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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