Definition of clinquant in US English:



  • Glittering with gold and silver; tinseled.

    • ‘Our company is equipped with machines from Germany, which specialize in producing chamois fabric, silk flannelette, clinquant flannelette, and mesh cloth.’
    • ‘The temple is magnificent and spectacular with clinquant gold-plates and copper tiles.’
    • ‘We are specialized in warp and weft knitted garment fabrics, and lining fabrics, such as polar fleece, ant fleece, short hair velvet, suede, clinquant velvet, mercerized velvet, PU leather and printed fabric.’


  • 1Imitation gold leaf.

    • ‘The barrels are a clinquant finish crafted through a 10-step process.’
    • ‘According to different purposes of clients, we may use pure gold foil or imported depigmentation-resistant clinquant and silver foil.’
    • ‘Finding that one verse in Virgil is worth all the clinquant or tinsel of Tasso.’
    1. 1.1 Literary or artistic tinsel; false glitter.
      • ‘She that a clinquant outside doth adore, Dotes on a gilded statue and no more.’
      • ‘All clinquant, all in gold, like heathen gods, shone down the English.’