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trinket

[tring-kit]
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noun
  1. a small ornament, piece of jewelry, etc., usually of little value.
  2. anything of trivial value.
verb (used without object)
  1. to deal secretly or surreptitiously.

Origin of trinket

First recorded in 1525–35; origin uncertain
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  • It is a trinket that isn't of much value only as a keep-sake.

    Jolly Sally Pendleton

    Laura Jean Libbey

  • So Badhild gave the trinket to the girl and bade her take it to Wayland.

  • It did not avail, for she would hot move till she received some trinket.

    Negritos of Zambales

    William Allan Reed

  • Struck by a sudden thought, he dropped the trinket back on the carpet.

    The Hand in the Dark

    Arthur J. Rees

  • I must have touched the spot by accident, for of a sudden the trinket flew open.

    The Cryptogram

    William Murray Graydon


British Dictionary definitions for trinket

trinket

noun
  1. a small or worthless ornament or piece of jewellery
  2. a trivial object; trifle
Derived Formstrinketry, noun

Word Origin

C16: perhaps from earlier trenket little knife, via Old Northern French, from Latin truncāre to lop
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Word Origin and History for trinket

n.

1530s, of unknown origin. Evidently a diminutive form, perhaps related to trick.

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