Tinsel

Definition of Tinsel

Tin´sel
n.1.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.
2.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.
a.1.Showy to excess; gaudy; specious; superficial.
v. t.1.To adorn with tinsel; to deck out with cheap but showy ornaments; to make gaudy.
[imp. & p. p. Tinseled or Tinselled; p. pr. & vb. n. Tinseling or Tinselling.]
She, tinseled o'er in robes of varying hues.
- Pope.

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