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

Examples of bauble in a Sentence

picked up some cheap baubles at the fair
Recent Examples on the Web Red Guards took away his family’s piano, damning it as a bourgeois bauble. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 16 Nov. 2021 Nobody needs a participation trophy … except for when my son was playing soccer at the age of 3 and a shiny bauble added a nice little touch to his bookcase full of board books. Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times, 25 June 2021 The most recent bauble came from Zane’s school counselor. Kevin Fisher-paulson, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 May 2021 The trend continued at Marine Serre, where a stone bauble hung from a chain. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 30 Apr. 2021 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, 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, 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, 29 Apr. 2020 That’s right — in season 1, there was no Neil Lane with his suitcase of baubles. Kristen Baldwin,, 27 Apr. 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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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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