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
Anything shining and gaudy; something superficially shining and showy, or having a false luster, and more pretty than valuable.
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.
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.
To give a false sparkle to (something).
To adorn with tinsel; to deck out with cheap but showy ornaments; to make gaudy.
Glittering, later especially superficially so; gaudy, showy.