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[kling-kuh nt]
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  1. glittering, especially with tinsel; decked with garish finery.
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  1. 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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Related Words for clinquant

gold, showy, tinsel

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Historical Examples of clinquant

  • The clinquant corslet of the Swiss girl just survives at bals costums.

    The Works of Max Beerbohm

    Max Beerbohm

  • My eyes rejoice in the shine of it; its clinquant sound is music in my ears.


    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

British Dictionary definitions for clinquant


  1. glittering, esp with tinsel
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  1. tinsel or imitation gold leaf
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Word Origin for clinquant

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