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Topic: HOUSEHOLD

Date: 1400-1500
Language: Old French
Origin: estincelle, estancele, etincelle 'spark'; STENCIL2

tinsel

noun
     
tin‧sel [uncountable]
1DH thin strings of shiny paper used as decorations, especially at Christmas
2 something that seems attractive but is not valuable or important:
the tinsel and glamour of Hollywood
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