Part of speech: adjective

Superficially brilliant.

Part of speech: noun

Very thin glittering bits of metal used for ornament.

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Usage examples "tinsel":

  1. Roberts himself has left an entertaining story of his life in " Forty- One Years in India," which shows that a soldier's life is not tinsel and parade, but is made up of infinite hardship. - "Boys' Book of Famous Soldiers", J. Walker McSpadden.
  2. They meet here with a true prospect of things, the tinsel splendour of sensual pleasure, and that dreadful price men pay for it- shameful death. - "Lives Of The Most Remarkable Criminals Who have been Condemned and Executed for Murder, the Highway, Housebreaking, Street Robberies, Coining or other offences", Arthur L. Hayward.
  3. She knew the difference between tinsel and solid worth and she longed to cry out to him: You needn't think you can fool me, because you can't! - "The Rosie World", Parker Fillmore.