ban·​gle | \ ˈbaŋ-gəl \

Definition of bangle

1 : a stiff usually ornamental bracelet or anklet slipped or clasped on
2 : an ornamental disk that hangs loosely (as on a bracelet)

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Synonyms for bangle


charm, lavaliere (also lavalliere), pendant (also pendent)

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Examples of bangle in a Sentence

She wore plastic bangles on both wrists. wore a bracelet with small silver bangles on it

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While making a speech on stage about Keller, the Duchess wore Pippa Small earrings and an arm full of bangles made by artisans of the Turquoise Mountain Foundation in Afghanistan. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle's Top 5 Favorite Jewelry Brands of All Time," 2 Jan. 2019 The Duchess was wearing sleek gold bangles and stud earrings from the label Pippa Small, which were ethically made by artisans of the Turquoise Mountain Foundation in Afghanistan, an organization supported by Prince Charles. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Paid a Subtle Tribute to Prince Charles's Work at the British Fashion Awards," 11 Dec. 2018 Ivanka appears on 60 Minutes wearing a $10,800 bangle from her brand’s fine jewelry collection. Megan Friedman, Town & Country, "The Rise and Fall of Ivanka Trump’s Fashion Line," 24 July 2018 Hosk will also wear a coordinating Swarovski by Christopher Kane crystal necklace and bangles to accent her look for the show on Thursday. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Elsa Hosk Will Wear the 2018 Victoria's Secret Fantasy Bra," 6 Nov. 2018 Lee accessorized with a pair of bright orange socks, orange glasses, and some orange and purple necklaces and bangles. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Forget Influencers: Spike Lee Was the Coolest Front Row Guest at Prada," 20 Sep. 2018 Sets of gold bangles are displayed in a showcase of a showroom in Peshawar, Pakistan, in May. Gold prices dropped back through the $1,200-an-ounce mark Friday. Paul Garvey, WSJ, "Copper Surges as Tariff Fears Ebb," 21 Sep. 2018 Pictured above: Hemmerle emerald, agate, and sapphire necklace; diamond and bronze bangle, and earrings, all with ancient Egyptian faiance amulets. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "The Secret Global Network of Private Super Jewelers," 20 Sep. 2018 This wasn't just the standard charm bracelet with her kids' initials or birthstones on it — the mother of the bride wore a bangle with both of her daughters' names written out in diamonds. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "No One Noticed Sarah Ferguson's Touching Tribute to Beatrice and Eugenie at the Royal Wedding," 18 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of bangle

1757, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bangle

Hindi baṅglī

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English Language Learners Definition of bangle

: a large stiff ring that is worn as jewelry around the arm, wrist, or ankle

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