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spangle

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noun span·gle \ˈspaŋ-gəl\

Simple Definition of spangle

  • : a small, shiny piece of metal or plastic that is used to decorate clothing

Full Definition of spangle

  1. 1 :  a small plate of shining metal or plastic used for ornamentation especially on clothing

  2. 2 :  a small glittering object or particle

Examples of spangle

  1. showgirls dressed in costumes with gold spangles



Origin of spangle

Middle English spangel, diminutive of spang shiny ornament, probably from Middle Dutch spange; akin to Old English spang buckle, Middle Dutch spannen to stretch


First Known Use: 15th century


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spangle

verb span·gle

Simple Definition of spangle

  • : to decorate or cover (something) with many small, shiny objects

Full Definition of spangle

span·gledspan·gling play \ˈspaŋ-g(ə-)liŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to set or sprinkle with or as if with spangles

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to glitter as if covered with spangles :  sparkle

Examples of spangle

  1. <in typical Las Vegas fashion, the showgirls' sequined costumes spangled gloriously>



Circa 1548

First Known Use of spangle

circa 1548



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