trin·​ket ˈtriŋ-kət How to pronounce trinket (audio)
: a small ornament (such as a jewel or ring)
: a small article of equipment
: 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 When an African man selling trinkets on a promenade tries to befriend her, Jacqueline recoils from his gestures of solidarity. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 14 Feb. 2024 Kathryn Newton stars as Lisa, an odd outcast with a slasher movie-ready tragic backstory and a predilection for hanging out in the cemetery, leaving trinkets at the grave of a handsome young dead guy. Katie Walsh, Twin Cities, 10 Feb. 2024 Located in Zona Rosa, its selection includes trinket dishes, tile mats, cheese boards and velvet jewelry travel wraps among other elegant home items as well as a selection of furniture. Natalie Wallington, Kansas City Star, 30 Jan. 2024 Here in this maze of trinkets, expect to find anything from a zebra-print booth and a chrome dining set to ornate lamps, funky sweatshirts, and lacquer room dividers. Staff Author Published, Travel + Leisure, 5 Feb. 2024 Caches typically are waterproof containers that hold items such as logbooks and trinkets. Pete Zimowsky, Idaho Statesman, 31 Jan. 2024 But one of the study’s main findings was that distance and isolation only accounted for a surprisingly small difference between the ornaments that the various groups wore in necklaces, bracelets and other trinkets, Baker says. Sarah Wild, Scientific American, 29 Jan. 2024 Whoever found the bean or trinket in his or her slice of cake would be crowned the king or queen of the balls leading up to the lavish finale on Mardi Gras. Michelle Darrisaw, Southern Living, 29 Jan. 2024 Inside is a hidden tiny porcelain trinket, or fève (meaning bean, which is often used), and the person who finds it in their slice of cake is crowned king or queen. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, 26 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History


origin unknown

First Known Use

circa 1527, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of trinket was circa 1527

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“Trinket.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

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trin·​ket ˈtriŋ-kət How to pronounce trinket (audio)
: a small ornament (as a jewel or ring)
: a thing of little value

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