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Definition of Tinsel

Tinsel

  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.
  2. Something shining and gaudy; something superficially shining and showy, or having a false luster, and more gay than valuable.
  3. Showy to excess; gaudy; specious; superficial.
  4. To adorn with tinsel; to deck out with cheap but showy ornaments; to make gaudy.

Tinsel Quotations

Women hate everything which strips off the tinsel of sentiment, and they are right, or it would rob them of their weapons.
Lord Byron

I miss family and friends, and I'd like to get back to work more in Scotland, and do more things like theatre and 'Red Road.' But over here you have the beach and the mountains and the climate. A lot of people diss L.A. as being all tinsel town, fake this and fake that, but a place is only as good as the people you know.
Tony Curran

Strip away the phony tinsel of Hollywood and you'll find the real tinsel underneath.
Oscar Levant

The thing about working in Hollywood is that, at some point, you really get tired of hearing how godless you are, and how if you and the rest of the heathens in Tinsel town would put more God-centric shows on TV, people wouldn't be abandoning prime time in favor of their Bible study classes.
John Ridley

Time, which runs through the world like an endless tinsel thread, seemed to pass through the centre of this room and through the centre of these people and suddenly to pause and petrify, stiff, still and glittering... and the objects in the room drew a little closer together.
Robert Musil
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Tinsel Translations

tinsel in German is flittern, Lametta
tinsel in Swedish is glitter

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