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tinsel

[ tin-suhl ]
/ 藞t瑟n s蓹l /
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noun
adjective
consisting of or containing tinsel.
verb (used with object), tin路seled, tin路sel路ing or (especially British) tin路selled, tin路sel路ling.
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Origin of tinsel

First recorded in 1495鈥1505; by shortening of Middle French estincelle (Old French estincele ) 鈥渁 spark, flash,鈥 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路sel路like, adjectiveo路ver路tin路sel, verb (used with object), o路ver路tin路seled, o路ver路tin路sel路ing or (especially British) o路ver路tin路selled, o路ver路tin路sel路ling.un路tin路seled, adjectiveun路tin路selled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for tinsel

tinsel
/ (藞t瑟ns蓹l) /

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