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tin·sel

 (tĭn′səl)
n.
1. Very thin sheets, strips, or threads of a glittering material used as a decoration.
2. Something sparkling or showy but basically valueless: the tinsel of parties and promotional events.
adj.
1. Made of or decorated with tinsel.
2. Gaudy, showy, and basically valueless.
tr.v. tin·seled, tin·sel·ing, tin·sels or tin·selled or tin·sel·ling
1. To decorate with or as if with tinsel: tinsel a Christmas tree.
2. To give a false sparkle to.

[Middle English tineseile, from Old French estincelle, spangle, spark; see stencil.]

tinsel

(ˈtɪnsəl)
n
1. a decoration consisting of a piece of string with thin strips of metal foil attached along its length
2. (Textiles) a yarn or fabric interwoven with strands of glittering thread
3. anything cheap, showy, and gaudy
vb (tr) , -sels, -selling or -selled, -sels, -seling or -seled
4. to decorate with or as if with tinsel: snow tinsels the trees.
5. to give a gaudy appearance to
adj
6. made of or decorated with tinsel
7. showily but cheaply attractive; gaudy
[C16: from Old French estincele a spark, from Latin scintilla; compare stencil]
ˈtinsel-ˌlike adj
ˈtinselly adj

tin•sel

(ˈtɪn səl)

n., adj., v. -seled, -sel•ing (esp. Brit.) -selled, -sel•ling. n.
1. a thin sheet, strip, or thread of glittering metal, paper, or plastic, used to produce a sparkling effect.
2. a metallic yarn for weaving brocade or lamé.
3. showy pretense.
adj.
4. consisting of tinsel.
5. gaudy; tawdry.
v.t.
6. to adorn with tinsel.
7. to adorn with anything glittering.
8. to make showy or gaudy.
[1495–1505; by aphesis < Middle French estincelle a spark, flash < Vulgar Latin *stincilla, metathetic variant of Latin scintilla spark; orig. used attributively in phrases tinsel satin, tinsel cloth]
tin′sel•ly, adj.

tinsel


Past participle: tinselled
Gerund: tinselling

Imperative
tinsel
tinsel
Present
I tinsel
you tinsel
he/she/it tinsels
we tinsel
you tinsel
they tinsel
Preterite
I tinselled
you tinselled
he/she/it tinselled
we tinselled
you tinselled
they tinselled
Present Continuous
I am tinselling
you are tinselling
he/she/it is tinselling
we are tinselling
you are tinselling
they are tinselling
Present Perfect
I have tinselled
you have tinselled
he/she/it has tinselled
we have tinselled
you have tinselled
they have tinselled
Past Continuous
I was tinselling
you were tinselling
he/she/it was tinselling
we were tinselling
you were tinselling
they were tinselling
Past Perfect
I had tinselled
you had tinselled
he/she/it had tinselled
we had tinselled
you had tinselled
they had tinselled
Future
I will tinsel
you will tinsel
he/she/it will tinsel
we will tinsel
you will tinsel
they will tinsel
Future Perfect
I will have tinselled
you will have tinselled
he/she/it will have tinselled
we will have tinselled
you will have tinselled
they will have tinselled
Future Continuous
I will be tinselling
you will be tinselling
he/she/it will be tinselling
we will be tinselling
you will be tinselling
they will be tinselling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been tinselling
you have been tinselling
he/she/it has been tinselling
we have been tinselling
you have been tinselling
they have been tinselling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been tinselling
you will have been tinselling
he/she/it will have been tinselling
we will have been tinselling
you will have been tinselling
they will have been tinselling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been tinselling
you had been tinselling
he/she/it had been tinselling
we had been tinselling
you had been tinselling
they had been tinselling
Conditional
I would tinsel
you would tinsel
he/she/it would tinsel
we would tinsel
you would tinsel
they would tinsel
Past Conditional
I would have tinselled
you would have tinselled
he/she/it would have tinselled
we would have tinselled
you would have tinselled
they would have tinselled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tinsel - a showy decoration that is basically valueless; "all the tinsel of self-promotion"
decoration, ornament, ornamentation - something used to beautify
2.tinsel - a thread with glittering metal foil attached
thread, yarn - a fine cord of twisted fibers (of cotton or silk or wool or nylon etc.) used in sewing and weaving
Verb1.tinsel - impart a cheap brightness to; "his tinseled image of Hollywood"
contribute, lend, impart, add, bestow, bring - bestow a quality on; "Her presence lends a certain cachet to the company"; "The music added a lot to the play"; "She brings a special atmosphere to our meetings"; "This adds a light note to the program"
2.tinsel - adorn with tinsel; "snow flakes tinseled the trees"
adorn, decorate, grace, ornament, embellish, beautify - make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.; "Decorate the room for the party"; "beautify yourself for the special day"
3.tinsel - interweave with tinsel; "tinseled velvet"
interweave, weave - interlace by or as if by weaving

tinsel

adjective showy, flashy, gaudy, cheap, plastic (slang), superficial, sham, tawdry, ostentatious, trashy, specious, gimcrack, meretricious, pinchbeck the tinsel image of a movie star

tinsel

adjective
Tastelessly showy:
Informal: tacky.
Translations
بَهْرَجَانشَرائِط لامِعَه للزينَه
cetkalametapozlátkozlatý nebo stříbrný řetěz
flitterstads
joulukuusen koristenauha
’srebro’ za bor
aranylamélametta
glys, glingur
ティンセル
장식용 금속 조각
blizgučiai
spīgulisvizulis
lametapozlátko
glitter
สิ่งประดับแวววาว
dây kim tuyến

tinsel

[ˈtɪnsəl]
A. N (lit, fig) → oropel m; (= cloth) → lama f de oro/plata
B. ADJde oropel (fig) → de oropel, de relumbrón

tinsel

[ˈtɪnsəl] nguirlandes fpl de Noël (argentées)

tinsel

n
(= foil)Girlanden plaus Rauschgold etc; (on dress) → Lamé nt
(pej)Talmi nt (pej), → Tand m (geh)

tinsel

[ˈtɪnsl] ndecorazioni fpl natalizie (argentate)

tinsel

(ˈtinsəl) noun
a sparkling, glittering substance used for decoration. The Christmas tree was decorated with tinsel.
ˈtinselly adjective

tinsel

بَهْرَجَان zlatý nebo stříbrný řetěz flitterstads Lametta ταινία από αλουμινόχαρτο cinta de colores, cintilla de colores joulukuusen koristenauha guirlande ’srebro’ za bor orpello ティンセル 장식용 금속 조각 kerstboomversiersel glitter błyskotka enfeite de ouropel, ouropel мишура glitter สิ่งประดับแวววาว gelin teli dây kim tuyến 金属箔
References in classic literature ?
Here they could at least be once more in the country they loved, albeit of a milder and less heroic type, and a little degraded by the overlapping tinsel and scattered spangles of the palace.
He had been used to regarding his comrade as a blatant child with an audacity grown from his inexperience, thought- less, headstrong, jealous, and filled with a tinsel courage.
Our sweet illusions are half of them conscious illusions, like effects of colour that we know to be made up of tinsel, broken glass, and rags.
One could see the bride's litter, a blur of red and tinsel, staggering through the haze, while the bridegroom's bewreathed pony turned aside to snatch a mouthful from a passing fodder-cart.
The lama, very straight and erect, the deep folds of his yellow clothing slashed with black in the light of the parao fires precisely as a knotted tree-trunk is slashed with the shadows of the low sun, addressed a tinsel and lacquered ruth which burned like a many-coloured jewel in the same uncertain light.
The royal robes had proved tinsel, and no longer disguised the man she loved.
It was offered to one of Victoria's sons, and afterwards to various other younger sons of royalty who had no thrones and were out of business, but they all had the charity to decline the dreary honor, and veneration enough for Greece's ancient greatness to refuse to mock her sorrowful rags and dirt with a tinsel throne in this day of her humiliation--till they came to this young Danish George, and he took it.
Jupiter was clad in a coat of mail, covered with black velvet, with gilt nails; and had it not been for the rouge, and the huge red beard, each of which covered one-half of his face,--had it not been for the roll of gilded cardboard, spangled, and all bristling with strips of tinsel, which he held in his hand, and in which the eyes of the initiated easily recognized thunderbolts,--had not his feet been flesh-colored, and banded with ribbons in Greek fashion, he might have borne comparison, so far as the severity of his mien was concerned, with a Breton archer from the guard of Monsieur de Berry.
Life would be no better than candle-light tinsel and daylight rubbish if our spirits were not touched by what has been, to issues of longing and constancy.
Such magnificence and wealth as was displayed in this palace was more than he had ever dreamed of, and he could scarcely believe that all the gorgeous glitter was real and not tinsel.
Dolls that looked for all the world like men--the Tree had never beheld such before--were seen among the foliage, and at the very top a large star of gold tinsel was fixed.
Another little book or two were lying near, and a common basket of common fruit, and another basket full of strings of beads and tinsel scraps.