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Friday, December 10, 1999

Definitions for clinquant

  1. Glittering with gold or silver; tinseled.
  2. Tinsel; imitation gold leaf.

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Citations for clinquant
Leaves flicker celadon in the spring, viridian in summer, clinquant in fall, tallying the sovereign seasons, graying and greening to reiterate the message of snow and sun. Ann Zwinger, Beyond the Aspen Grove
The room had a twelve-foot high ceiling: hanging from it, four dimly lit antique brass chandeliers cast a clinquant glow on this sunless day. Sally Koslow, The Late, Lamented Molly Marx: A Novel
Origin of clinquant
Clinquant is from French, glistening, tinkling, present participle of obsolete clinquer, to clink, perhaps from Middle Dutch klinken.