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Tin"sel (?), n. [F. 'etincelle a spark, OF. estincelle, L. scintilla. Cf. Scintillate, Stencil.]


A shining material used for ornamental purposes; especially, a very thin, gauzelike cloth with much gold or silver woven into it; also, very thin metal overlaid with a thin coating of gold or silver, brass foil, or the like.

Who can discern the tinsel from the gold? Dryden.


Something shining and gaudy; something superficially shining and showy, or having a false luster, and more gay than valuable.

O happy peasant! O unhappy bard! His the mere tinsel, hers the rich reward. Cowper.


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Tin"sel, a.

Showy to excess; gaudy; specious; superficial.

"Tinsel trappings."



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Tin"sel, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tinseled (?) or Tinselled; p. pr. & vb. n. Tinseling or Tinselling.]

To adorn with tinsel; to deck out with cheap but showy ornaments; to make gaudy.

She, tinseled o'er in robes of varying hues. Pope.


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