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 Decorate with powdered sugar icing, colored sugar or other edible baubles. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "Your cookies, your memories: Holiday baking traditions in our readers’ words," 5 Dec. 2019 Mr Arnault emerged as the most obvious buyer for Tiffany in part because scale begets advantages not available to smaller bauble-peddlers. The Economist, "LVMH tests the limits of luxury," 28 Nov. 2019 Murray said a lot of her baubles and ornaments from the display went missing. oregonlive, "2 teens arrested after group of juveniles cause havoc in Portland mall, police say," 2 Dec. 2019 Here's how to watch all 40 new titles Breast milk baublesBreast milk makes some opal-like jewelry that most people would never guess was once a vital food source. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "Jewelry made from umbilical cords and baby hair: 5 quirky gifts for new moms," 19 Nov. 2019 The baubles were occasional purchases, something to be saved for holidays or special events. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "What I Wear to Work: Noura Sakkijha, Cofounder and CEO of Mejuri," 29 July 2019 Bring along any glass, shells, beads and baubles from your own collection to personalize your ornaments. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, "Brecksville LobsterFest -- another delicious success: Talk of the Towns," 25 Oct. 2019 An abundance of dramatic baubles, jewel-tone dresses, florals and faux fur dotted the crowd. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "HGO 'Opening Night' returns to Wortham Italian-style with "Rigoletto" and a Tony's-catered feast," 21 Oct. 2019 Although built largely around Theo as a youth, the film's casting incorporates lots of shiny baubles along the way. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'The Goldfinch' paints dull picture from prize-winning book," 13 Sep. 2019

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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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8 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Bauble.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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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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