how to pronounce tinsel


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the above transcription of tinsel is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

tinsel is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of tinsel in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… iron chef flake flame made tinsel town …”

meanings of tinsel


  1. Anything shining and gaudy; something superficially shining and showy, or having a false luster, and more pretty than valuable.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.


  1. To give a false sparkle to (something).
  2. To adorn with tinsel; to deck out with cheap but showy ornaments; to make gaudy.


  1. Glittering, later especially superficially so; gaudy, showy.

tinsel frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word tinsel occurs in english on average 1 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics tinsel can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that tinsel can be often used in the following areas:

1) leisure and entertainment;

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