- 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
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Examples from the Web for clinquant
The clinquant corslet of the Swiss girl just survives at bals costums.The Works of Max Beerbohm
My eyes rejoice in the shine of it; its clinquant sound is music in my ears.Trivia
Logan Pearsall Smith
Clinquant, klingk′ant, adj. shining like tinsel: glittering.
I liked Jack, but not clinquant in crimson and gold, with spurs and sword clanking on the hard, frost-bitten road.The Yeoman Adventurer
George W. Gough
- glittering, esp with tinsel
- tinsel or imitation gold leaf
C16: from French, from clinquer to clink, from Dutch klinken, of imitative origin