Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A small ornament, such as a piece of jewelry.
  • noun A trivial thing; a trifle.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A knife, especially a shoemakers' knife.
  • noun A trifling ornament; a jewel for personal wear, especially one of no great value; any small fancy article; a cherished thing of slight worth.
  • To deal in a small, selfish way; hold secret communication; have private intercourse; intrigue; traffic.
  • noun A vessel to drink or eat out of. See the quotations.
  • noun A topsail; perhaps, originally, a lateen sail carried on the foremast.
  • noun A streamlet.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb obsolete To give trinkets; hence, to court favor; to intrigue.
  • noun A knife; a cutting tool.
  • noun A small ornament, as a jewel, ring, or the like.
  • noun A thing of little value; a trifle; a toy.
  • noun (Naut.) A three-cornered sail formerly carried on a ship's foremast, probably on a lateen yard.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A small showy ornament or piece of jewelry
  • noun A mere trifle
  • verb obsolete To give trinkets; to court favour.

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

  • noun cheap showy jewelry or ornament on clothing

Etymologies

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

[Origin unknown.]

Examples

  • Buy the overpriced trinket from the police charity — or get the ticket.

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  • Once the cache is discovered, it is traditional for finders to choose a trinket from the box and to leave something behind.

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  • Have you bought the mandatory silver and turquoise trinket from a street peddler yet?

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  • The evidence about the bank robbery was compelling, but that little trinket from the boyfriend hardened everyone’s heart.

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  • The evidence about the bank robbery was compelling, but that little trinket from the boyfriend hardened everyone’s heart.

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  • The evidence about the bank robbery was compelling, but that little trinket from the boyfriend hardened everyone’s heart.

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  • The evidence about the bank robbery was compelling, but that little trinket from the boyfriend hardened everyone’s heart.

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  • Oh no barbarian, this trinket was a gift from a soldier.

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  • Oh no barbarian, this trinket was a gift from a soldier.

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  • At least there is scarce a soldier in the Sultan's army who would not give all he has for yonder trinket, which is known throughout the land as the Star of Hassan.

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