Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Glittering with gold or tinsel.
  • n. Imitation gold leaf; tinsel; glitter.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. glittery
  • n. Dutch metal

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Glittering; dressed in, or overlaid with, tinsel finery.
  • n. Tinsel; Dutch gold.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Yellow copper; Dutch gold; a showy, cheap alloy.
  • n. Tinsel; false glitter.
  • Decked with garish finery; glittering; flashy. Also clinkant.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. glittering with gold or silver

Etymologies

French, glistening, tinkling, present participle of obsolete clinquer, to clink, perhaps from Middle Dutch klinken; see clink1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • Bling and "blingant."

    December 24, 2012

  • JM made a clinquant clanger the other day - as meretricious as it was showy.

    October 5, 2010

  • Excellent story Malechi.

    December 8, 2008

  • Glittering, but usually in a false or cheap way, like tinsel

    "No, there are too many of these fine sparks you talk of who perhaps may be very clinquant, slight, and bright and make a very pretty show at first, but the tinsel-gentlemen do so tarnish in the wearing, there's no enduring them."
    --Thomas Shadwell, The Virtuoso

    I once had a cat that liked to eat the tinsel (of the "icicle" type) off the Christmas tree. Maybe he had an iron deficiency. Anyway, he always threw it up later, in a sort of shiny hairball, which was both pretty from a distance and disgusting close up -- like many things, I guess.

    December 8, 2008

  • (From French clinquant clinking, tinkling, pr. pple. of obs. v. clinquer, adopted from Dutch klinken to clink, ring.)

    August 6, 2008