• William wearing his father’s dressing-gown and a tinsel crown
    William wearing his father’s dressing-gown and a tinsel crown
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v tinsel interweave with tinsel "tinseled velvet"
    • v tinsel adorn with tinsel "snow flakes tinseled the trees"
    • v tinsel impart a cheap brightness to "his tinseled image of Hollywood"
    • n tinsel a thread with glittering metal foil attached
    • n tinsel a showy decoration that is basically valueless "all the tinsel of self-promotion"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Tinsel 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. "Who can discern the tinsel from the gold?"
    • a Tinsel Showy to excess; gaudy; specious; superficial. "Tinsel trappings."
    • Tinsel Something shining and gaudy; something superficially shining and showy, or having a false luster, and more gay than valuable. "O happy peasant! O unhappy bard!
      His the mere tinsel , hers the rich reward."
    • v. t Tinsel To adorn with tinsel; to deck out with cheap but showy ornaments; to make gaudy. "She, tinseled o'er in robes of varying hues."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tinsel In electricity, fine threads of copper or bronze wire used in making up flexible stranded conductors for portable and other fixtures.
    • tinsel Specifically, to embellish (ceramic ware) with metallic effects.
    • n tinsel Loss; forfeiture.
    • n tinsel Some glittering metallic substance, as burnished brass, copper, or tin, made in sheets approaching the thinness of foil, and used in pieces, strips, or threads for any purpose in which a sparkling effect is desired without much cost. Gold and silver tinsel, round or flat, made of Dutch metal, is much employed in the manufacture of artificial flies.
    • n tinsel A fabric or some material for dress overlaid or shot with glittering metallic sparkles or threads. The name has been given to cloth of silk interwoven with gold or silver threads.
    • n tinsel Figuratively, glistening or gaudy show; superficial glitter or sparkle; garish pretense.
    • tinsel Consisting of, or characteristic of, tinsel; hence, gaudy; showy to excess; speciously glittering.
    • tinsel To adorn with tinsel; hence, to adorn with anything showy and glittering.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tinsel tin′sel something sparkling or shining: glittering metallic sheets, as of burnished brass, copper, or tin, almost as thin as foil, and used in discs, patches, strips, or threads, for giving clothing, &c., a striking appearance: anything showy, but of little value: anything having a false lustre
    • adj Tinsel like tinsel: gaudy: superficial
    • v.t Tinsel to adorn with, or as with, tinsel: to make glittering or gaudy:—pr.p. tin′selling: pa.t. and pa.p. tin′selled
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  • Oscar Levant
    “Strip away the phony tinsel of Hollywood and you will find the real tinsel underneath.”
  • Lord Byron
    “Women hate everything which strips off the tinsel of sentiment, and they are right, or it would rob them of their weapons.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. étincelle, a spark, OF. estincelle, L. scintilla,. Cf. Scintillate Stencil


In literature:

He took the tinsel for the gold.
"The Sand-Hills of Jutland" by Hans Christian Andersen
Put up again thy tinselled weapon.
"Saronia" by Richard Short
He would rather have no gold than be mocked with tinsel and base alloy!
"Memories of Bethany" by John Ross Macduff
Tinsell, its meaning, 477.
"Notes and Queries, Index of Volume 3, January-June, 1851" by Various
What do you think I care for the tinsel rewards of kings and peoples!
"The Explorer" by W. Somerset Maugham
It was really an enormous catafalque, decorated with gold tinsel and costly embroideries.
"A Tour of the Missions" by Augustus Hopkins Strong
The brighter they are in their brightness, the more dull will they look when the tinsel and gloss are gone.
"The Struggles of Brown, Jones, and Robinson" by Anthony Trollope
The tinselled captain was now tender surgeon, doctor, friend.
"Solomon Crow's Christmas Pockets and Other Tales" by Ruth McEnery Stuart
Her toes would have been covered with sandals cunningly embroidered in colored beads and gold tinsel.
"Tales of the Malayan Coast" by Rounsevelle Wildman
The crown of the Madonna is not, like the tragedy queen's, of tinsel, the sacrament is not given in an empty chalice.
"Laurus Nobilis" by Vernon Lee

In poetry:

Dupes of Fate, that treads you down
Wear awhile your tinsel crown
Be ye happy, if ye may,
In the years that pass away.
"Vanity of Vanities" by Robert Fuller Murray
Pardon, good friends! I am not here to mar
His laureled wreaths with this poor tinseled crown--
This man who taught me how 'twas better far
To be the poem than to write it down.
"On William Francis Bartlett" by Francis Bret Harte
Where were thy vaunted princes, that of old
Trod thee with thunder--of thy saints was none
To rouse thee when the onslaught was begun,
That shook the tinseled sceptre from thy hold?
"India" by Gabriele D Annunzio
Though thou the world, and all its tinsel pelf
Shou'dst gain — yet losing Christ, shou'dst lose thyself,
What wou'd the sad preheminence avail,
If thou, at last, to save thy soul shou'dst fail?
"Advice, To Search For The Lord Jesus Christ" by Rees Prichard
Some feast the Tom-toms celebrate,
Where, close together, side by side,
Gay in their gauze and tinsel state
With lips serene and downcast eyes,
Sit the young bridegroom and his bride,
While round them songs and laughter rise.
"Protest:" by Laurence Hope
But now the vizard droppeth, crush'd and torn,
And there is nought left but some tinsell'd rags,
To mock the wearer in the face of morn,
As through the gaping world she feebly drags
Her day-born measure of reproach and scorn.
"Beatrice Di Tenda" by Walter Richard Cassels

In news:

0 Tracey Thorn says she wanted " Tinsel and Lights" to go beyond traditional holiday fare, so she included songs that mentioned "winter or snow or just being cold -- anything at all".
Welcoming guests to the Tinsel Tea.
Chaplain's Column: More Than Tinsel .
The United Methodist Church Bell Choir entertained guests at the annual Tinsel Tea on Saturday.
Tinsel tea is a popular holiday event.
Vertical flashes of lightning tinseled the horizon.
Mentor, Mentee Take 3rd , 4th at Tinsel Triathlon.
One of her students, Tustin resident Matt Neustadt, competed at the Tinsel Triathlon and finished fourth in the same category.
Tracey Thorn's new holiday-themed album is called Tinsel and Lights.
Press Shots for Tracey Thorn's album 'Tinsel and Lights' (2012).
Tim Burton , dance, Santa, Tinsel Tri.
You can deck your house in tinsel.
Go to tinsel town this Christmas.
Many more Kiwis will be waiting by the red carpet, hoping for their own little bit of movie tinsel.
Tracey Thorn, 'Tinsel And Lights '.