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Friday, December 10, 1999

Definitions for clinquant

  1. glittering, especially with tinsel; decked with garish finery.
  2. imitation gold leaf; tinsel; false glitter.

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Citations for clinquant
Sharp perfumes stabbed the nostrils, clinquant finery flashed and glittered in a tinsel maelstrom… Arthur Cheney Train, The Needle's Eye, 1924
Jubilation is the dominant mood when- and wherever a Christo/Jeanne-Claude project is realized. I have witnessed it time and again—32 years ago, in Loose Park, Kansas City, overlooking its Wrapped Walk Ways, every inch of the winding itinerary paved with bright clinquant stuff, of which Christo remarked: “When the sunlight falls on that nylon and sets it sparkling, it’s very beautiful.” Leo Steinberg, "Christo's 'Over the River': An Act of Homage," New York Review of Books, December 3, 2010
Origin of clinquant
1585-1595
Clinquant entered English in the late 1500s and ultimately derives from the Dutch klinken meaning "to sound."