verb (used with object), tin·seled, tin·sel·ing or (especially British) tin·selled, tin·sel·ling.
Origin of tinsel
Examples from the Web for tinsel
Hollywood sure hopes so, because the idea that disgruntled insiders could do this is terrifying to Tinsel Town.Pyongyang Shuffle: Hollywood In Dead Panic Over Sony Hack|James Poulos|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Tinsel, garland, and chestnut shells are the only combustibles on offer.
The 46-look collection consisted of drop-waist skirts, cellophane cocktail dresses, and translucent and tinsel fabrics.Marc Jacobs's Entire Spring / Summer 2012 Collection Stolen|Isabel Wilkinson|November 16, 2011|DAILY BEAST
After a few opening songs, we broke up into small groups and hung wreaths and garlands and tinsel (oh my).
Ratings for the tinsel town extravaganza tend to correlate with the popularity of the films nominated.
Gilding and tinsel were no longer bright to her, silks and velvet were no longer soft.
And now the old work and the bed-ticking has come back again and ladies make the old-fashioned bags with tinsel thread.A Little Girl in Old New York|Amanda Millie Douglas
The Latins, whom we call Roman Catholics, are much less handsomely lodged, and their tinsel is by far more dingy.
Was it worth it, we asked each other, this tinsel culture to which we had returned?The Luck of Thirteen|Jan Gordon
There never was in Parliament a more remorseless or more effectual hand, in stripping off the tinsel of political pretension.
British Dictionary definitions for tinsel
verb -sels, -selling or -selled or US -sels, -seling or -seled (tr)
Word Origin for tinsel
Word Origin and History for tinsel
mid-15c., "a kind of cloth made with interwoven gold or silver thread," from Middle French estincelle "spark, spangle" (see stencil). Meaning "very thin sheets or strips of shiny metal" is recorded from 1590s. Figurative sense of "anything showy with little real worth" is from 1650s, suggested from at least 1590s. First recorded use of Tinseltown for "Hollywood" is from 1972.