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Definitions for trinket
ˈtrɪŋ kɪttrin·ket

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bangle, bauble, gaud, gewgaw, novelty, fallal, trinketnoun

    cheap showy jewelry or ornament on clothing


  1. trinketnoun

    A small showy ornament or piece of jewelry

    That little trinket around her neck must have cost a bundle.

  2. trinketnoun

    A mere trifle

    It's only a little trinket, but it reminds her of him.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Trinketnoun

    Etymology: This Stephen Skinner derives somewhat harshly from trinquet, Fr. trinchetto, Ital. a topsail. I rather imagine it corrupted from tricket, some petty finery or decoration.

    Beauty and use can so well agree together, that of all the trinkets wherewith they are attired, there is not one but serves to some necessary purpose. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    We’ll see your trinkets here forthcoming all. William Shakespeare.

    They throng who should buy first, as if my trinkets had been hallowed. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.

    Let her but have three wrinkles in her face,
    Soon will you hear the sawcy steward say,
    Pack up with all your trinkets and away. John Dryden, Juv.

    She was not hung about with toys and trinkets, tweezer-cases, pocket-glasses. John Arbuthnot, Hist. of John Bull.

    How Johnny wheedl’d, threat’n’d, fawn’d,
    Till Phyllis all her trinkets pawn’d. Jonathan Swift.

    What husbandlie husbands except they be fooles,
    But handsom have storehouse for trinkets and tooles. Thomas Tusser.

    Go with all your servants and trinkets about you. Roger L'Estrange.


  1. trinket

    A trinket is a small ornament or item, usually of little value, that is typically used for decoration or as a keepsake or souvenir. Trinkets can include various objects like jewelry, key chains, figurines, or other collectibles.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Trinketnoun

    a three-cornered sail formerly carried on a ship's foremast, probably on a lateen yard

  2. Trinketverb

    a knife; a cutting tool

  3. Trinketverb

    a small ornament, as a jewel, ring, or the like

  4. Trinketverb

    a thing of little value; a trifle; a toy

  5. Trinketverb

    to give trinkets; hence, to court favor; to intrigue

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Trinket

    tring′ket, n. a small ornament for the person: anything of little value.—v.i. to deal in a mean and underhand way: to intrigue.—ns. Trink′eter, a mean intriguer; Trink′etry, trinkets collectively. [Skeat suggests that M. E. trenket, trynket, may be from an O. Fr. trenquer, to cut, a by-form of trencher, to cut.]

  2. Trinket

    tring′ket, n. a vessel to drink out of. [Prob. conn. somehow with preceding.]

  3. Trinket

    tring′ket, n. a topsail. [O. Fr. trinquet—L. triquetrus, three-cornered.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of trinket in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of trinket in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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