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clinquant

[ kling-kuhnt ]
/ ˈklɪŋ kənt /
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adjective
glittering, especially with tinsel; decked with garish finery.
noun
imitation gold leaf; tinsel; false glitter.
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Origin of clinquant

1585–95; <Middle French: clinking, present participle of clinquer (<Dutch klinken to sound); see -ant
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British Dictionary definitions for clinquant

clinquant
/ (ˈklɪŋkənt) /

adjective
glittering, esp with tinsel
noun
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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