bau·​ble | \ ˈbȯ-bəl, ˈbä-\

Definition of bauble

1 : trinket sense 1 He affixed the bauble, with a kiss, upon her middle finger …— Elinor Wylie
2 : a scepter of a fool (see fool entry 1 sense 2a) … the licensed jester … brandished his bauble— Sir Walter Scott
3 : something of trifling appeal
4 British : ornament specifically : a Christmas ornament Our tree was decorated, most tastefully, with apt baubles bought from Georg Jensen. — Geoffrey Wolff

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Examples of bauble in a Sentence

picked up some cheap baubles at the fair

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Second City Award Chicago added another architectural bauble to its crown, Wrightwood 659, a converted exhibition space designed by Tadao Ando. Mark Lamster, Curbed, "2018 in architecture: The good, the bad, and the urbanism," 27 Dec. 2018 All of her ornaments are made-to-order, which means each bauble is truly one-of-a-kind. Kate Bennis, Good Housekeeping, "Watch This Russian Artist Create Gorgeous Hand-Painted Ornaments," 21 Dec. 2018 This year, the city is celebrating the market’s 25th anniversary with 70,000 Christmas baubles. Louis Cheslaw, Condé Nast Traveler, "What To Do In Copenhagen In December 2018," 6 Dec. 2018 From designer baubles that will bring high fashion to your tree, to beautifully hand-crafted ornaments from Peru, here are the very best bits of brightness to dress up your tree this season. Anny Choi, Vogue, "Christmas Tree Ornaments So Fabulous You’ll Want to Admire Them All Year Long," 5 Dec. 2018 These bold baubles from Grandin Road are perfect for adding some Christmas cheer to your lawn. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "These Oversized Christmas Ornaments Are the Merriest Decorations We’ve Ever Seen," 10 Oct. 2018 With its glistening dome and twin minarets topped with golden baubles, the mosque of the mayor’s clan appeared to be winning so far. Isabel Kershner, New York Times, "Israelis Play Tourists in a Bedouin Town in the Negev," 6 June 2018 The very merry company Grandin Road—the same purveyor of the mammoth baubles—is also behind this larger-than-life decoration. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "This Giant Ornament Punch Bowl Is Serving Up Major Christmas Cheer," 27 Oct. 2018 Each mask is packaged in a holiday bauble, perfect for splitting among pals or hoarding for yourself in true Grinchy spirit. Leah Prinzivalli, Teen Vogue, "PÜR Unveils 'The Grinch'–Inspired 5-Piece Beauty Collection," 1 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of bauble

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bauble

Middle English babel, from Middle French

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English Language Learners Definition of bauble

: an inexpensive piece of jewelry

: a shiny ball that is hung on a Christmas tree as a decoration

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