bauble

noun bau·ble \ ˈbȯ-bəl , ˈbä- \

Definition of bauble

1 :trinket 1
  • He affixed the bauble, with a kiss, upon her middle finger …
  • —Elinor Wylie
2 :a scepter of a fool (see 1fool 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

  1. picked up some cheap baubles at the fair

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Origin and Etymology of bauble

Middle English babel, from Middle French


BAUBLE Defined for English Language Learners

bauble

noun

Definition of bauble for English Language Learners

  • : an inexpensive piece of jewelry

  • : a shiny ball that is hung on a Christmas tree as a decoration



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