Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Definitions for clinquant
- Glittering with gold or silver; tinseled.
- 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.
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.
Origin of clinquant
Clinquant is from French, glistening, tinkling, present participle of obsolete clinquer, to clink, perhaps from Middle Dutch klinken.