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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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 To up the over-the-top high-shine wattage, Rihanna secured a set of opulent chandelier baubles to each side of her face (and ear!) eradicating mask, then finished the look with a next-level embellished manicure. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Rihanna Rules Coachella in a Full-Face Balaclava—and Wins the Festival Game," 16 Apr. 2018 Plus, there are trees to trim: The family tannenbaum gets decorated with homemade baubles and techie ornaments that record the voices of her daughters and her older sister Margie's kids. David A. Keeps, Good Housekeeping, "Funny Girl: Exclusive Interview with Melissa McCarthy," 6 Nov. 2012 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

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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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