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

verb (used without object)

to deal secretly or surreptitiously.

Nearby words

  1. trinity brethren,
  2. trinity house,
  3. trinity sunday,
  4. trinity term,
  5. trinitytide,
  6. trinketer,
  7. trinketry,
  8. trinocular,
  9. trinodal,
  10. trinomial

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



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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