kitsch

[ kich ]
/ kɪtʃ /

noun

something of tawdry design, appearance, or content created to appeal to popular or undiscriminating taste.

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Origin of kitsch

1925–30; <German, derivative of kitschen to throw together (a work of art)

OTHER WORDS FROM kitsch

kitschy, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for kitsch

kitsch
/ (kɪtʃ) /

noun

  1. tawdry, vulgarized, or pretentious art, literature, etc, usually with popular or sentimental appeal
  2. (as modifier)a kitsch plaster bust of Beethoven

Derived forms of kitsch

kitschy, adjective

Word Origin for kitsch

C20: from German
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Cultural definitions for kitsch

kitsch
[ (kich) ]

Works of art and other objects (such as furniture) that are meant to look costly but actually are in poor taste.

notes for kitsch

Kitsch in literature and music is associated with sentimentalism as well as bad taste.
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