Definition of tinsel noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈtɪnsl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɪnsl//
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strips of shiny material like metal, used as decorations, especially at Christmas Decorate your table with tinsel and some holly. Word Originlate Middle English (denoting fabric either interwoven with metallic thread or spangled): from Old French estincele ‘spark’, or estinceler ‘to sparkle’, based on Latin scintilla ‘a spark’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: tinsel