bau·​ble ˈbȯ-bəl How to pronounce bauble (audio)
: trinket sense 1
He affixed the bauble, with a kiss, upon her middle finger …Elinor Wylie
: a scepter of a fool (see fool entry 1 sense 2a)
… the licensed jester … brandished his baubleSir Walter Scott
: something of trifling appeal
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 At first glance, the gaudy bauble looks cheap, set against Khan’s floppy-haired boyishness, a prop for an infantilized member of a boy band. Mallika Rao, Vulture, 8 Mar. 2024 The night received all the marketing gusto that a company serving billionaires and their baubles could muster. Zachary Small, New York Times, 18 May 2024 Gigi Hadid rocked stellar nail adornments too—and was sure to strike a pose to show off the cute yellow baubles that resembled the roses on her Thom Browne gown. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 7 May 2024 That said, there are a few flaws dulling this bauble’s brilliance. Courtney Howard, Variety, 7 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for bauble 

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Word History


Middle English babel, from Middle French

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Bauble.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


bau·​ble ˈbȯ-bəl How to pronounce bauble (audio)
: an object of little value

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