A tchotchke is a small, decorative object that's not valuable or precious. When you travel to a foreign country, you might buy some tchotchkes to give as gifts to your friends back home.

A tchotchke is some kind of trinket or bauble, like inexpensive jewelry or the prize you get in a cereal box. Less often, tchotchke is used to mean "pretty girl or woman." The word comes, via Yiddish, from a Slavic root, and over the years it's been spelled in numerous different ways. When you pronounce tchotchke, the first t is silent.

Definitions of tchotchke
  1. noun
    (Yiddish) an inexpensive showy trinket
    synonyms: chachka, tsatske, tshatshke
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    type of:
    collectable, collectible
    things considered to be worth collecting (not necessarily valuable or antique)
  2. noun
    (Yiddish) an attractive, unconventional woman
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