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

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Working from a cozy set with a smattering of Hollywood trinkets, Dorian introduced films from the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s, offering anecdotes of revered classics, B-movies and serials. Richard Sandomir,, "Bob Dorian — host for historic movies on AMC," 1 July 2019 One customer wasted no time and snagged the cutest trinket dish for only $9... ...while some people plan to make all of their purchases during the week—to beat the weekend rush. Tainaya Nash, House Beautiful, "This Home Store Is Already Stocked with Halloween Decor," 18 June 2019 That could include flying trinkets to space and then selling them on Earth. New York Times, "Want to Buy a Ticket to the Space Station? NASA Says Soon You Can," 7 June 2019 Festivities start with street parties the evening before, and continue the next day with huge flea markets selling trinkets and food. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "30 Places to Travel This Spring," 12 Feb. 2018 See Jacquemus, for example, which upped the ante on its wildly popular Le Chiquito bag in February with an even smaller palm-size trinket that could barely hold a single coin or tube of lipstick. Vogue, "Why the Tiny Purse Is Actually the Perfect Festival Style Staple," 5 Apr. 2019 The artist fills the shop with whimsical ornaments and trees, nearly covering every inch in holiday trinkets. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "John Derian's Store Is A Winter Wonderland," 21 Nov. 2018 Stuff your children's candy and trinkets in violet plastic Easter eggs, then deck out their baskets with a personalized purple liner. Madison Alcedo, Country Living, "The Real Meaning Behind the Colors of Easter," 8 Mar. 2019 And the top printing designs aren’t hugely groundbreaking — many are trinkets, toys, decorations, and simple household items like electronics stands or cookie cutters. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "MakerBot’s new 3D printer shows how much it’s changed in nine years," 11 Dec. 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 How to pronounce trinket (audio) \

Kids Definition of trinket

: a small object of little value

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