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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Sustainability shapes her entire philosophy: To create keepsakes, rather than disposable baubles for a season. Monica Kim, Vogue, "SVNR’s Colorful Keepsake Earrings Turn Forgotten Objects Into Chic Mementos," 13 July 2018 Summer's hottest designer accessories — from bags to baubles — are chic as shell. Carol Mccolgin, The Hollywood Reporter, "4 Shelly Accessories for Summer Beach Trips," 12 July 2018 Authors, of course, mark the completion of their books: a party, a bauble, for the lucky few, a check. Jane Kamensky, New York Times, "When Writing a Book Leaves a (Literal) Mark on Its Author," 28 Feb. 2018 Tesla’s first vehicle, produced from 2008 to 2012, was the Roadster, a two-seat techno-bauble with a base sticker price of $92,000 that was marketed as being able to go from 0 to 60 in four seconds. Brent Goldfarb And David Kirsch, Vox, "Why is Elon Musk raging at “big media”? Because he’s finally being called on his tall tales.," 30 May 2018 The costumes bedecked with baubles, bangles and beads. Kristi Turnquist | The Oregonian/oregonlive,, "Did Tonya Harding deserve to win 'Dancing With the Stars?'," 21 May 2018 Neither panned out: Other NASA projects were sucking up all the available money, and planetary scientists were getting diverted by other celestial baubles, such as Jupiter’s moon Europa, with its promise of an underground ocean. Marcia Bartusiak, WSJ, "‘Chasing New Horizons’ and ‘Discovering Pluto’ Reviews: Big Lessons From a Tiny World," 11 May 2018 Want to ogle gems once coveted by Elizabeth Taylor and maybe snag a bauble for yourself? Kara Baskin,, "Want to shop for jewelry Liz Taylor sought?," 10 May 2018 Lakes Distillery has individual baubles filled with either whiskey, gin, or vodka, as well as six-pack sets. Katie Robinson, Town & Country, "These Boozy Gin Ornaments Will Definitely Keep You in the Holiday Spirit," 16 Oct. 2017

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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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