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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Tin"sel
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  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.]

Etymology: F. étincelle a spark, OF. estincelle, L. scintilla. Cf. Scintillate Stencil

adjective Tin"sel
Showy to excess; gaudy; specious; superficial.
verb Tin"sel
To adorn with tinsel; to deck out with cheap but showy ornaments; to make gaudy.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A thread with glittering metal foil attached
  2. A showy decoration that is basically valueless ("all the tinsel of self-promotion")
  3. Interweave with tinsel ("tinseled velvet")
  4. Adorn with tinsel ("snow flakes tinseled the trees")
  5. Impart a cheap brightness to ("his tinseled image of Hollywood")
Wiktionary

From Middle French estincelle (“spark”) (compare French étincelle), from Latin scintilla; compare scintillate, stencil.

  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. Very thin strips of a glittering, metallic material used as a decoration, and traditionally, draped at Christmas time over streamers, paper chains and the branches of Christmas trees.
  3. Anything shining and gaudy; something superficially shining and showy, or having a false luster, and more gay than valuable.

Notable Persons Named Tinsel

Tinsel Korey is an actor and actress. She was most prominent from 2004 to 2004. Tinsel was born Tinsel Korey on March 25th, 1980 in Toronto.

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Fun Facts about the name Tinsel

  • When was the first name Tinsel first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Tinsel is Thursday, October 2nd, 1902.
  • How unique is the name Tinsel? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Tinsel. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Tinsel: Your name in reverse order is Lesnit. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Tlsine. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Tinsel born May 23, 1951

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Scotland approximately on 950. Your profession was banker, usurer, moneylender, and judge.

Your psychological profile shows you had a natural talent of psychologist and knew how to use the opportunities. Cold-blooded and calm in any situation. The timid, lonely and self-confident people are everywhere, and your problem - to overcome these tendencies in yourself and then to help other people.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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