Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Middle French, late 16th century
Glittering with gold and silver; tinseled.
Examples of Clinquant in a sentence
"Bob Mackie designed unique, clinquant dresses for stars like Cher, Madonna, and many others."
"The Christmas tree in the lobby was clinquant with lights and tinsel."
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This word comes from Middle French, from the present participle of “clinquer,” meaning “to glitter,” literally, “to clink.”
Did you Know?
“Clinquant” can be a noun as well. In that form, it’s often linked to imitation gold leaf, which is also known as composition gold leaf, Dutch metal, or Dutch gold. It is made to imitate the appearance of gold, but actually contains a combination of copper, zinc, and brass.