[ tring-kit ]
/ ˈtrɪŋ kɪt /


a small ornament, piece of jewelry, etc., usually of little value.
anything of trivial value.

verb (used without object)

to deal secretly or surreptitiously.

Origin of trinket

First recorded in 1525–35; origin uncertain Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for trinket


/ (ˈtrɪŋkɪt) /


a small or worthless ornament or piece of jewellery
a trivial object; trifle
Derived Formstrinketry, noun

Word Origin for trinket

C16: perhaps from earlier trenket little knife, via Old Northern French, from Latin truncāre to lop
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Word Origin and History for trinket



1530s, of unknown origin. Evidently a diminutive form, perhaps related to trick.

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