Tinsel meaning

tĭn'səl
Very thin sheets, strips, or threads of a glittering material used as a decoration.
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To decorate with or as if with tinsel.

Tinsel a Christmas tree.

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A cloth of silk, wool, etc. interwoven with glittering threads of gold, silver, or other metal.
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Thin sheets, strips, or threads of tin, metal foil, etc., used for inexpensive decoration.
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Something sparkling or showy but basically valueless.

The tinsel of parties and promotional events.

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Made of or decorated with tinsel.
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Gaudy, showy, and basically valueless.
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To give a false sparkle to.
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Something that glitters like precious metal but has little worth; empty show; sham splendor.
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Made of or decorated with tinsel.
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Having sham splendor; showy; gaudy; tawdry.
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To make glitter with or as with tinsel.
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To give a false appearance of splendor to.
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A shining material used for ornamental purposes; especially, a very thin, gauzelike cloth with much gold or silver woven into it; also, very thin metal overlaid with a thin coating of gold or silver, brass foil, or the like.
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Very thin strips of a glittering, metallic material used as a decoration, and traditionally, draped at Christmas time over streamers, paper chains and the branches of Christmas trees.
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Anything shining and gaudy; something superficially shining and showy, or having a false luster, and more gay than valuable.
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Glittering, later especially superficially so; gaudy, showy.
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To adorn with tinsel; to deck out with cheap but showy ornaments; to make gaudy.
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(figuratively) To give a false sparkle to (something).
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Origin of tinsel

  • Middle English tineseile from Old French estincelle spangle, spark stencil
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • French étincelle (“spark"), from Old French estincelle, from Latin scintilla; compare scintillate, stencil.
    From Wiktionary