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  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

First recorded in 1525–35; origin uncertain

Words Nearby trinket Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

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


/ (ˈtrɪŋkɪt) /

  1. a small or worthless ornament or piece of jewellery

  2. a trivial object; trifle

Origin of trinket

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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