What does tinsel mean?

Definitions for tinsel
ˈtɪn səltin·sel

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tinselnoun

    a showy decoration that is basically valueless

    "all the tinsel of self-promotion"

  2. tinselverb

    a thread with glittering metal foil attached

  3. tinselverb

    impart a cheap brightness to

    "his tinseled image of Hollywood"

  4. tinselverb

    adorn with tinsel

    "snow flakes tinseled the trees"

  5. tinselverb

    interweave with tinsel

    "tinseled velvet"

Wiktionary

  1. tinselnoun

    A shining material used for ornamental purposes; especially, a very thin, gauzelike cloth with much gold or silver woven into it; also, very thin metal overlaid with a thin coating of gold or silver, brass foil, or the like.

    Etymology: étincelle (“spark”), from estincelle, from scintilla; compare scintillate, stencil.

  2. tinselnoun

    Very thin strips of a glittering, metallic material used as a decoration, and traditionally, draped at Christmas time over streamers, paper chains and the branches of Christmas trees.

    Etymology: étincelle (“spark”), from estincelle, from scintilla; compare scintillate, stencil.

  3. tinselnoun

    Anything shining and gaudy; something superficially shining and showy, or having a false luster, and more gay than valuable.

    Etymology: étincelle (“spark”), from estincelle, from scintilla; compare scintillate, stencil.

  4. tinselverb

    To adorn with tinsel; to deck out with cheap but showy ornaments; to make gaudy.

    Etymology: étincelle (“spark”), from estincelle, from scintilla; compare scintillate, stencil.

  5. tinselverb

    To give a false sparkle to (something).

    Etymology: étincelle (“spark”), from estincelle, from scintilla; compare scintillate, stencil.

  6. tinseladjective

    Glittering, later especially superficially so; gaudy, showy.

    Etymology: étincelle (“spark”), from estincelle, from scintilla; compare scintillate, stencil.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tinselnoun

    a shining material used for ornamental purposes; especially, a very thin, gauzelike cloth with much gold or silver woven into it; also, very thin metal overlaid with a thin coating of gold or silver, brass foil, or the like

  2. Tinselnoun

    something shining and gaudy; something superficially shining and showy, or having a false luster, and more gay than valuable

  3. Tinseladjective

    showy to excess; gaudy; specious; superficial

  4. Tinselverb

    to adorn with tinsel; to deck out with cheap but showy ornaments; to make gaudy

Freebase

  1. Tinsel

    Tinsel is a sparkling decorative material that mimics the effect of ice or icicles. When in long narrow strips, it emulates icicles. It was originally a metallic garland for Christmas decoration. The modern production of tinsel typically involves plastic, and is used particularly to decorate Christmas trees. It may be hung from ceilings or wrapped around statues, lampposts, and so on. Modern tinsel was invented in Nuremberg, Germany, in 1610, and was originally made of shredded silver. According to the Concise Oxford Dictionary, the word is from the Old French word estincele, meaning “sparkle”.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tinsel

    tin′sel, n. something sparkling or shining: glittering metallic sheets, as of burnished brass, copper, or tin, almost as thin as foil, and used in discs, patches, strips, or threads, for giving clothing, &c., a striking appearance: anything showy, but of little value: anything having a false lustre.—adj. like tinsel: gaudy: superficial.—v.t. to adorn with, or as with, tinsel: to make glittering or gaudy:—pr.p. tin′selling: pa.t. and pa.p. tin′selled.adj. Tin′selly, like tinsel, gaudy, showy.—n. Tin′selry, glittering and tawdry material. [O. Fr. estincelle—L. scintilla, a spark.]

Anagrams for tinsel »

  1. inlets

  2. enlist

  3. silent

  4. listen

  5. leints

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of tinsel in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of tinsel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of tinsel in a Sentence

  1. Dan Hess:

    There's a danger to hanging the tinsel too early.

  2. Oscar Levant:

    Behind the phony tinsel of Hollywood lies the real tinsel.

  3. Oscar Levant:

    Strip away the phony tinsel of Hollywood and you will find the real tinsel underneath.

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