trinket

[ tring-kit ]
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noun
  1. a small ornament, piece of jewelry, etc., usually of little value.

  2. anything of trivial value.

verb (used without object)
  1. to deal secretly or surreptitiously.

Origin of trinket

1
First recorded in 1525–35; origin uncertain

Words Nearby trinket

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How to use trinket in a sentence

  • It looked like a copper pull-chain from an old lamp, with a trinket attached that could have come from a cereal box.

    To Shoot or Not to Shoot | Edward Conlon | April 14, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • The trinket works as follows: Ask a question, shake the ball, and a tiny digital readout supplies an answer.

  • She always included some red trinket in her attire, in memory of her executed lover.

    Repertory Of The Comedie Humaine, Complete, A -- Z | Anatole Cerfberr and Jules Franois Christophe
  • For some purpose monsieur came to Beauvais with an attempt to deceive mademoiselle with this little iron trinket.

    The Light That Lures | Percy Brebner
  • Here was the gold trinket, and glancing round to make certain no one was watching, Mercier had put it into her open hand.

    The Light That Lures | Percy Brebner
  • He was from the first very fearful for my safety, and to ease his mind I showed him the trinket and told him of our compact.

    The Light That Lures | Percy Brebner
  • Did Armida possess any trinket in the form of a little enameled cross—like a miniature cross of cavaliere?

    The Czar's Spy | William Le Queux

British Dictionary definitions for trinket

trinket

/ (ˈtrɪŋkɪt) /


noun
  1. a small or worthless ornament or piece of jewellery

  2. a trivial object; trifle

Origin of trinket

1
C16: perhaps from earlier trenket little knife, via Old Northern French, from Latin truncāre to lop

Derived forms of trinket

  • trinketry, noun

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