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
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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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10 Dec 2019

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“Bauble.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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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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