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tinsel

[ tin-suhl ]
/ ˈtɪn səl /
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noun
adjective
consisting of or containing tinsel.
verb (used with object), tin·seled, tin·sel·ing or (especially British) tin·selled, tin·sel·ling.
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Origin of tinsel

First recorded in 1495–1505; by shortening of Middle French estincelle (Old French estincele ) “a spark, flash,” from Vulgar Latin stincilla, unrecorded variant of Latin scintilla; first used attributively in phrases tinsel satin, tinsel cloth;see scintilla

OTHER WORDS FROM tinsel

tin·sel·like, adjectiveo·ver·tin·sel, verb (used with object), o·ver·tin·seled, o·ver·tin·sel·ing or (especially British) o·ver·tin·selled, o·ver·tin·sel·ling.un·tin·seled, adjectiveun·tin·selled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for tinsel

tinsel
/ (ˈtɪnsəl) /

noun
verb -sels, -selling or -selled or US -sels, -seling or -seled (tr)
to decorate with or as if with tinselsnow tinsels the trees
to give a gaudy appearance to
adjective
made of or decorated with tinsel
showily but cheaply attractive; gaudy

Derived forms of tinsel

tinsel-like, adjectivetinselly, adjective

Word Origin for tinsel

C16: from Old French estincele a spark, from Latin scintilla; compare stencil
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