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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At this Williamsburg go-to, there are antiques and trinkets dotted everywhere, adding to the air of enchantment. The Plum Guide, Harper's BAZAAR, "Eat Chic: 13 Cozy Wine Bars in NYC to Visit ASAP," 12 Aug. 2019 Using that decidedly not neutral as a background, Juarez layered on more color and pattern (like pillows and an armchair in a Madeline Weinrib ikat of the same palette) as well as art, books, and other trinkets. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Everything in this Pattern-Happy Home Office Has a Hidden Meaning," 12 July 2019 The storybook rise from selling sunglasses and trinkets in the streets of Sepolia in Athens, sharing sneakers with his brother Thanasis and often sleeping in the gym to becoming the league's MVP didn't happen overnight. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo earns NBA's MVP," 24 June 2019 Mini Trapezoid Belt Bag Matter Matters $448.00 SHOP IT Pack a belt bag to make holding onto your wallet, phone, and miscellaneous trinkets while biking through Amsterdam a straight-out-of-the-movies endeavor. Jaimie Potters, Marie Claire, "Where to Stay, Eat, and Explore in Amsterdam," 29 May 2019 The women wear scarves—some handwoven, some embroidered, and some decorated with silver balls and other trinkets. National Geographic, "In search of the perfect cup of tea," 14 Mar. 2019 The most intriguing attraction at the museum is Tutankhamun’s tomb, displayed alongside his bust, a series of complex gold coffins, gold trinkets, objects, and jewelry. Sarvesh Talreja, National Geographic, "Cairo beyond the pyramids: The ultimate itinerary," 30 July 2019 Young children played with toy cars, baby dolls and other trinkets in the corners, while their parents looked on. Los Angeles Times, "Trump’s new asylum rule strands Central American migrants in Tijuana," 16 July 2019 Some corrections officers visited the Trump Tower gift shop to buy Make America Great Again trinkets, while the New Yorkers waited outside. Amanda Ripley, Twin Cities, "Amanda Ripley: Democrats and Republicans are very bad at guessing each other’s beliefs," 30 June 2019

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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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