bau·​ble | \ ˈbȯ-bəl How to pronounce bauble (audio) , 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
Recent Examples on the Web One in a Million initial necklace certainly fits the bill, and right now, this elegant bauble is currently on sale at Macy's for 40% off. Arielle Tschinkel, USA TODAY, "Our readers are obsessed with this Kate Spade initial necklace—and it's 40% off," 2 Dec. 2020 Over a third of all the luxury baubles sold by the likes of Louis Vuitton and Gucci are bought by Chinese splurgers, according to Bain, a consultancy. The Economist, "Still grounded How China emerges from lockdown will affect global tourism," 28 May 2020 This light fixture was some unique version of oil rubbed bronze ugliness, with brownish, creamy, wannabe milk glass shades and a trio of un-glamorous crystal baubles delicately hanging from it. Carisha Swanson, House Beautiful, "How to Change a Light Fixture Without Hiring an Electrician," 29 Apr. 2020 That’s right — in season 1, there was no Neil Lane with his suitcase of baubles. Kristen Baldwin,, "The Bachelor finale rewatch: Alex displays good judgment, disappoints producers," 27 Apr. 2020 Hermès’s $640 Clic H Bracelet is one of those luxury baubles that’s financially out of reach for most shoppers. Jay Greene, Washington Post, "How Amazon’s quest for more, cheaper products has resulted in a flea market of fakes," 14 Nov. 2019 Taylor has snapped countless photos of McDonald in flowing skirts, elaborate baubles and interesting hats. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "91-year-old woman stays busy by doing fashion shows during quarantine," 4 May 2020 Even as a young woman my mother had always been a gallus thing: a chancer, gregarious, desirous of any shiny bauble. Douglas Stuart, The New Yorker, "Found Wanting," 6 Jan. 2020 Rihanna accessorized with some oversized sunglasses and plenty of glittery baubles. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Rihanna Wears Glittery Heels With a Sweatsuit at the Airport," 17 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of bauble was in the 14th century

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15 Dec 2020

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“Bauble.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bauble

: an inexpensive piece of jewelry
British : a shiny ball that is hung on a Christmas tree as a decoration

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