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[tring-kit] /ˈtrɪŋ kɪt/
a small ornament, piece of jewelry, etc., usually of little value.
anything of trivial value.
verb (used without object)
to deal secretly or surreptitiously.
Origin of trinket
1525-35; origin uncertain Unabridged
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  • Ever and anon they would sell a yard of lace, a ribbon, a trinket, a pack of thread.

    The Golden Road Frank Waller Allen
  • It is a trinket that isn't of much value only as a keep-sake.

    Jolly Sally Pendleton Laura Jean Libbey
  • You see, we'll empty it every night, and start it off fresh every morning, with a trinket or two put back for bait.

    The Miracle Man Frank L. Packard
  • So Badhild gave the trinket to the girl and bade her take it to Wayland.

  • When she was a small girl I have seen her asleep with some trinket clasped in her rosy hand on the coverlet.

    The O'Ruddy Stephen Crane
  • It did not avail, for she would hot move till she received some trinket.

    Negritos of Zambales William Allan Reed
  • They were in a jeweller's shop, and Mrs. Neuchatel was choosing a trinket for a wedding present.

    Endymion Benjamin Disraeli
  • Struck by a sudden thought, he dropped the trinket back on the carpet.

    The Hand in the Dark Arthur J. Rees
British Dictionary definitions for trinket


a small or worthless ornament or piece of jewellery
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

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

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