trinket

noun
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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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 The designers attached an 18-carat gold trinket studded with white diamonds, a symbol of good luck. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Princess Diana's waist shrunk down to 23 inches for her wedding to Prince Charles," 30 July 2018 Rest assured, these aren’t the lackluster trinkets of yore. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "13 Bite-Size Beauty Gifts to Kick Start the Holiday Festivities," 17 Dec. 2018 In fact, the trinkets can make entirely different party compositions viable in totally different scenarios. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "Two years later, Darkest Dungeon is completely different for the better," 22 July 2018 Voodoo has negative connotations in Western culture — but was primarily used for healing, good luck, and love as described throughout the tiny voodoo museum where these trinkets were sold. Scott Heller, New York Times, "Sightseeing for History (With a Few Selfies Along the Way)," 6 July 2018 The tokens and trinkets from all over the world left nearly daily in our school mailboxes? Loren Kleinman And Amye Archer, Marie Claire, "I’m a Survivor of Sandy Hook. This Is What The Past Six Years Have Been Like.," 14 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

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trinket

noun

English Language Learners Definition of trinket

: a piece of jewelry or an ornament that has little value

trinket

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

Kids Definition of trinket

: a small object of little value

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