bauble

play
noun bau·ble \ˈbȯ-bəl, ˈbä-\

Definition of bauble

  1. 1 :  trinket 1 He affixed the bauble, with a kiss, upon her middle finger … — Elinor Wylie

  2. 2 :  a scepter of a fool (see 1fool 2a) … the licensed jester … brandished his bauble … — Sir Walter Scott

  3. 3 :  something of trifling appeal

  4. 4 British :  ornament; specifically :  a Christmas ornament Our tree was decorated, most tastefully, with apt baubles bought from Georg Jensen. — Geoffrey Wolff

Examples of bauble in a sentence

  1. picked up some cheap baubles at the fair

Origin and Etymology of bauble

Middle English babel, from Middle French


First Known Use: 14th century


BAUBLE Defined for English Language Learners

bauble

play
noun bau·ble \ˈbȯ-bəl, ˈbä-\

Definition of bauble for English Language Learners

  • : an inexpensive piece of jewelry

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



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up bauble? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to cast off or become cast off

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • ludwig-richter-spring-has-arrived
  • Which is a synonym of upbraid?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ