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Meaning of TINSEL

Pronunciation:  'tinsul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a thread with glittering metal foil attached
  2. [n]  a showy decoration that is basically valueless; "all the tinsel of self-promotion"
  3. [adj]  gaudy and showy but valueless; "trumpery ornaments"
  4. [v]  interweave with tinsel; "tinseled velvet"
  5. [v]  adorn with tinsel; "snow flakes tinseled the trees"
  6. [v]  impart a cheap brightness to; "his tinseled image of Hollywood"

TINSEL is a 6 letter word that starts with T.


 Synonyms: trumpery, worthless
 See Also: add, adorn, beautify, bestow, bring, contribute, decorate, decoration, embellish, grace, impart, interweave, lend, ornament, ornament, ornamentation, thread, weave, yarn



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Tin"sel\, n. [F. ['e]tincelle a spark, OF. estincelle,
    L. scintilla. Cf. {Scintillate}, {Stencil}.]
    1. 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? --Dryden.
    2. 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.         --Cowper.
  2. \Tin"sel\, a.
    Showy to excess; gaudy; specious; superficial. ``Tinsel
    trappings.'' --Milton.
  3. \Tin"sel\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Tinseled}or {Tinselled};
    p. pr. & vb. n. {Tinseling} or {Tinselling}.]
    To adorn with tinsel; to deck out with cheap but showy
    ornaments; to make gaudy.
          She, tinseled o'er in robes of varying hues. --Pope.