One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small ornament or item of jewelry that is of little value.
knick-knack, bauble, ornament, piece of bric-a-brac, bibelot, curio, trifle, toy, novelty, gimcrack, gewgawView synonyms
- ‘All around her were heaps of coins and jewels and weapons and trinkets; enough wealth for the ransom of ten kings.’
- ‘The maid reappeared soon with three leather cases brimming with jewels and other trinkets.’
- ‘How, that is, to leave someone who's given you so much more than baubles and trinkets?’
- ‘Instead the desk was cluttered with various trinkets given to him by his charges throughout the years.’
- ‘Ledoc had turned out to be a salesman of silver crafts, from weapons to small trinkets and necklaces.’
- ‘Sam slipped her two silver trinkets onto her bracelet, looping the brown string through the hole in the centre of the coins.’
- ‘They were dumped and locked in a fine cabin, full of exotic rugs, firs, jewels and trinkets.’
- ‘Those two rings are only a small part of the scattered trinkets that contain this power.’
- ‘Her and some other lady draped in jewels started discussing the trinkets in the cabinets.’
- ‘She missed the little trinkets and jewellery that were on display from tabletops.’
- ‘When arresting prisoners, my guards will not allow them to stop and grab a useless trinket of purely sentimental value.’
- ‘What if others were to discover the value of the trinket?’
- ‘Surrounded by the trinkets and baubles of the season, Will took the opportunity to introduce them to the inside story.’
- ‘Looking into the thick glass window, he spotted the expensive gold and silver trinkets.’
- ‘When my mother called their attention back to discuss the war, I found piles of trinkets before me.’
- ‘There are crates filled with trinkets and mementos that have yet to be sorted, placed or stuffed in the attic.’
- ‘No, we are not referring to the famed streets of Dubai, which display gold trinkets in all their finery.’
- ‘Their business involved creating such gifts as cards and trinkets.’
- ‘Teased by the gloom, I peered through its sandwich of heaped rings, trinkets and protective glass.’
- ‘The thoughtful organisers even put on sale some trinkets for the sake of lady dentists who came in large numbers to the exhibition.’
Mid 16th century: of unknown origin.
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