[kling-kuh nt]


glittering, especially with tinsel; decked with garish finery.


imitation gold leaf; tinsel; false glitter.

Origin of clinquant

1585–95; < Middle French: clinking, present participle of clinquer (< Dutch klinken to sound); see -ant Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for clinquant

gold, showy, tinsel

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British Dictionary definitions for clinquant



glittering, esp with tinsel


tinsel or imitation gold leaf

Word Origin for clinquant

C16: from French, from clinquer to clink, from Dutch klinken, of imitative origin
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