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trinket

[tring-kit] /ˈtrɪŋ kɪt/
noun
1.
a small ornament, piece of jewelry, etc., usually of little value.
2.
anything of trivial value.
verb (used without object)
3.
to deal secretly or surreptitiously.
Origin
1525-1535
1525-35; origin uncertain
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  • Every year he would add a new trinket, until the two ran out of money.
  • Best results are usually obtained by giving away something useful, and not some trinket destined for a junk drawer.
  • So, now you know that the nautilus is beautiful and often marketed as a souvenir or other trinket.
  • The ethereal, mysterious kalimba is often misunderstood, misinterpreted and mistaken for being a museum piece or trinket.
  • The prize is a cheap trinket, worth far less than the money you paid for it.
British Dictionary definitions for trinket

trinket

/ˈtrɪŋkɪt/
noun
1.
a small or worthless ornament or piece of jewellery
2.
a trivial object; trifle
Derived Forms
trinketry, noun
Word Origin
C16: perhaps from earlier trenket little knife, via Old Northern French, from Latin truncāre to lop
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Word Origin and History for trinket
n.

1530s, of unknown origin. Evidently a diminutive form, perhaps related to trick.

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