Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Yellow copper; a showy, cheap alloy.
- n. Tinsel; false glitter.
- Decked with garish finery; glittering; flashy.
‘Clinquant’ comes from French a word meaning ‘glistening, tinkling.’
“I liked Jack, but not clinquant in crimson and gold, with spurs and sword clanking on the hard, frost-bitten road.”
“The General and the generals went in and crowded the hall of audience, very clinquant with its black and white floor, glass chandeliers, long mirrors and single gilded center table.”
“Lely supplied the want of taste with clinquant; his nymphs trail fringes, and embroidery, through meadows and purling streams.”