trinket

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n trinket cheap showy jewelry or ornament on clothing
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Trinket A knife; a cutting tool.
    • Trinket A small ornament, as a jewel, ring, or the like.
    • Trinket A thing of little value; a trifle; a toy.
    • n Trinket (Naut) A three-cornered sail formerly carried on a ship's foremast, probably on a lateen yard. "Sailing always with the sheets of mainsail and trinket warily in our hands."
    • v. i Trinket To give trinkets; hence, to court favor; to intrigue.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n trinket A knife, especially a shoemakers' knife.
    • n trinket A trifling ornament; a jewel for personal wear, especially one of no great value; any small fancy article; a cherished thing of slight worth.
    • trinket To deal in a small, selfish way; hold secret communication; have private intercourse; intrigue; traffic.
    • n trinket A vessel to drink or eat out of. See the quotations.
    • n trinket A topsail; perhaps, originally, a lateen sail carried on the foremast.
    • n trinket A streamlet.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Trinket tring′ket a small ornament for the person: anything of little value
    • v.i Trinket to deal in a mean and underhand way: to intrigue
    • n Trinket tring′ket a vessel to drink out of.
    • n Trinket tring′ket a topsail.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. trenket, a sort of knife, hence, probably, a toy knife worn as an ornament; probably from an Old French dialectic form of trenchier, to cut. Cf. Trench (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. trinquet—L. triquetrus, three-cornered.

Usage

In literature:

The only trinket which he had was the fragment of a sandwich.
"Pee-wee Harris on the Trail" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
She knew how those little trinkets would have been fondled!
"The Claverings" by Anthony Trollope
Then, landing, he approached the canoes, placed in them a few trinkets, and withdrew to a distance.
"Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 12, August, 1863, No. 70" by Various
Day, however, partook of none of my feelings, for he was eager to possess so attractive a trinket.
"The Gold Hunter's Adventures" by William H. Thomes
Uncanny sort of place to drop one's trinkets.
"The Haunted Chamber" by "The Duchess"
All sorts of girlish trinkets that have been forgotten lie unheeded in corners.
"Uncle Max" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
On seeing it, he'll deliver you a box, which it will unlock, and in which you'll find a matter of fifty guineas and a few trinkets.
"Jack Sheppard" by William Harrison Ainsworth
The only thing the warrior had to exchange for these trinkets, was his prized pony.
"The Life and Adventures of Kit Carson, the Nestor of the Rocky Mountains, from Facts Narrated by Himself" by De Witt C. Peters
At last we came to a middle-aged woman seated on the ground behind a basket containing beads, glass armlets, and similar trinkets.
"The English Gipsies and Their Language" by Charles G. Leland
When he came out his arms were full of colored cloths and beads, steel knives and trinkets of many sorts.
"The Princess Pocahontas" by Virginia Watson
Spanish soldiers were soon over our lines, trading off swords, wine, cigarettes and trinkets for hard tack and bacon.
"The Colored Regulars in the United States Army" by T. G. Steward
I had meditated taking her into Tiffany's to buy her a trinket of some kind.
"Jacqueline of Golden River" by H. M. Egbert
The unfortunate monarch had already sold his jewels and precious trinkets.
"Joan of Arc" by Ronald Sutherland Gower
Powhatan promised him that he should return to Jamestown, if the English would give him a certain quantity of ammunition and trinkets.
"Parker's Second Reader" by Richard G. Parker
He put the trinket back into his waistcoat pocket, and strolled to the windows that gave off over the Drive and the Hudson.
"Destiny" by Charles Neville Buck
They had this morning put on their best clothes, and all their trinkets.
"The Actress in High Life" by Sue Petigru Bowen
Next, Dudley and the Professor was asked to pick out a trinket.
"Wilt Thou Torchy" by Sewell Ford
I had neither trinket nor coin to stimulate the treachery of others.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
Now for your trinkets.
"Madame Flirt" by Charles E. Pearce
The Hollandais mummy hath been of more use to me than trinkets.
"The Lady of Fort St. John" by Mary Hartwell Catherwood
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In poetry:

Years without number,
Ages of slumber,
Stiff in the track of the infinite One!
Dead, can I think it?
Dropt like a trinket,
A thing whose uses are done!
"Awake!" by George MacDonald
It chanc'd in Circassia a lovely young maid,
On her beautiful neck wore a crescent of gold,
Hermossan, her lover, the trinket survey'd,
And wish'd in his bosom the gem to infold.
"The Baya: Or The Indian Bird" by William Hayley
When the glittering trinket was held in his sight,
My infant would utter no scream of delight;
When gently compelled from my bosom to part,
No cry of unwillingness gladdened my heart.
"The Complaint" by Caroline Fry
Of course, suppose you want a thing
(The owner's absent), and you borrow
A ruby ring; you mean to bring
Your friend his trinket back to-morrow.
Meanwhile you have the stones reset,
Lest he forget! Lest he forget!
"The Cat" by Harry Graham
For thee, my small one--trinkets and new toys,
The wine of life and all its keenest joys,
When Christmas comes.
For me, the broken playthings of the past
That in my folded hands I still hold fast,
When Christmas comes.
"When Christmas Comes" by Virna Sheard
Schweigt, unberauschte, finstre Richter!
Ich trinke Wein, und bin ein Dichter.
Tut mir es nach, und trinket Wein,
So seht ihr meine Schoenheit ein.
Sonst wahrlich, unberauschte Richter,
Sonst wahrlich seht ihr sie nicht ein!
"An Die Kunstrichter" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

In news:

Bulldozers are one of the few vehicles that don't need trinkets and gadgets to become more awesome.
Playing the colorful and over-the-top Effie Trinket, the 38-year-old actress spent "three hours" in the hair and makeup chair every morning, Banks told Us Weekly at the film's L.A.
Trick or treat for trinkets, candy and books.
A Trinket you simply must Bring Home.
The Hohokam used similar trinkets for trading with other settlers throughout the Southwest.
You can display pictures and other trinkets, but nothing is as nice as having music to keep you company throughout the workday.
In the aftermath of a breakup, it's easy to toss out the CDs, sweatshirts and trinkets of your former love.
It's just a cheap trinket, a keychain that advertises Molson beer.
Trinket -Seller Rides Out Turbulence.
No, the trinkets are here because this stretch of Midtown is a hub in a vast global network of junk.
See Elizabeth Banks as Hunger Games' Effie Trinket .
Trinket purse perfect for treasures.
That would make Mr Yao (pictured above) an ideal ambassador for elephant conservationists hoping to convince the Chinese public not to buy trinkets ma...
Trinket shopping ( October 22, 2012 ).
Lines get long for T-shirts, trinkets.
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