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A.Word.A.Day--tchotchke

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tchotchke (CHACH-kuh) noun, also chotchke, chachka, tsatske

A trinket; knickknack.

[From Yiddish tshatshke (trinket), from obsolete Polish czaczko.]

See more usage examples of tchotchke in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

"And the entire hotel is festooned with fun, travel-inspired touches ... rooms and suites feature exotic tchotchkes and photographs on loan from the American Himalayan Foundation."
Bill Picture; Carlton Gets Facelift; The Examiner (San Francisco, California); Jun 2, 2004.

"The last thing Go! needs in her overstuffed, clapboard-shingled shack is another tchotchke, gimcrack, or gewgaw, but we'll take any excuse to browse."
Amy Graves; Friday; Boston Globe; May 28, 2004.

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