clinquant

clinquant

[kling-kuhnt]
adjective
1.
glittering, especially with tinsel; decked with garish finery.
noun
2.
imitation gold leaf; tinsel; false glitter.

Origin:
1585–95; < Middle French: clinking, present participle of clinquer (< Dutch klinken to sound); see -ant

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clinquant (ˈklɪŋkənt)
 
adj
1.  glittering, esp with tinsel
 
n
2.  tinsel or imitation gold leaf
 
[C16: from French, from clinquer to clink, from Dutch klinken, of imitative origin]

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Main Entry:  clinquant1
Part of Speech:  adj
Definition:  glittering; tinsel-like; spangly
Etymology:  French 'glittering or clinking gold'
Main Entry:  clinquant2
Part of Speech:  adj
Definition:  tinkling, clinking
Etymology:  French 'glittering or clinking gold'
Main Entry:  clinquant
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  imitation gold leaf; tinsel; by extension, something with false glitter
Etymology:  French 'glittering or clinking gold'
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