Dictionary.com

clinquant

[ kling-kuhnt ]
/ ˈklɪŋ kənt /
Save This Word!

adjective
glittering, especially with tinsel; decked with garish finery.
noun
imitation gold leaf; tinsel; false glitter.
QUIZ
ARE YOU A TRUE BLUE CHAMPION OF THESE "BLUE" SYNONYMS?
We could talk until we're blue in the face about this quiz on words for the color "blue," but we think you should take the quiz and find out if you're a whiz at these colorful terms.
Question 1 of 8
Which of the following words describes “sky blue”?
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of clinquant

1585–95; <Middle French: clinking, present participle of clinquer (<Dutch klinken to sound); see -ant
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use clinquant in a sentence

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK