tinsel


thin, shiny strips decorating Christmas trees

TRANSLATION

tinsel = Lametta; dünne Streifen aus einem glänzenden Material, die als Dekoration verwendet werden, vor allem an Weihnachtsbäumen —— to be all tinsel and glitter = prunk- und glanzvoll sein —— Tinseltown = Hollywood

STATISTICS

IN THE PRESS

“Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were shown in the Illustrated London News, standing with their children around a Christmas tree decorated with TINSEL, candles, and small bead ornaments.”

Luke Ward - The History Of Tinsel (8th April 2022)

Did you
know?

tinsel
noun

- thin strips of a shiny material used as decoration, esp. on Christmas trees

- something, especially the entertainment business or someone’s way of living, that seems exciting and attractive, but is really of low quality or value

The Cambridge Dictionary


WORD ORIGIN

The word “tinsel” is mid-15th century, from Anglo-French tencele, Old French estencele, estincelle meaning “spark, spangle”.

In the 16th century, “tinsel” described a variety of lightweight fabrics made with silk, gold and silver thread. These tinsel fabrics were used in elite cothes, masque costume, and for heraldric banners and flags. Elizabeth of York bought “tynsell satin” in 1502 and the wardrobe of Margaret Tudor included “tynsen” in 1515.

The figurative sense of “anything showy with little real worth” is from the 1650s.


SYNONYMS

- a bright, shimmering reflected light

beacon, beam, beam of light, beams, bedazzlement, blaze, blinding light, blink, blinking, brilliance, brilliancy, burning, burnish, candescence, chink, coruscation, dancing of light, dartle, dazzle, dazzling light, effulgence, firelight, flame, flare, flash, flashing, flash of light, flicker, flickering, fluorescence, gilt, gleam, gleaming, glim, glimmer, glimmering, glint, glinting, glisten, glistening, glister, glittering, glitz, gloss, glossiness, glow, glowing, illumination, illumining, incandescence, iridescence, irradiance, irradiation, lucency, luminance, lumination, luminescence, luminosity, luminousness, lustre, lustrousness, moonbeam, moonlight, opalescence, phosphorescence, radiance, radiation, ray of light, scintilla, scintillation, shaft of light, sheen, shimmer, shine, shininess, shining, spangle, spark, sparkle, sparkling, starlight, stream of light, sunbeam, twink, twinkle, TINSEL, twinkling, winking


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