bauble

noun
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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How could a tastemaker who preached the gospel of modernism become a convert to the baubles and trimmings of postmodernism? Mary Ann Gwinn, The Seattle Times, "A closer look at three National Book Critics Circle finalists," 20 Feb. 2019 Looking stylish in a floral dress by Brock Collection and grey coat by label Soia and Kyo, Meghan showed off her calligraphy skills during an activity making baubles for a poster. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Reveals She's Feeling "Very Pregnant" During a Festive Visit to Brinsworth House," 18 Dec. 2018 True to Versace form, however, there was a dazzling array of gilded baubles that Palau made a point of playing with. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The Glamorous Way to Go Grunge, Straight From the Versace Runway," 22 Feb. 2019 The trend started last year, with beauty gurus brushing and waxing their eyebrows to look like branches, setting them with wax, and attaching baubles, glitter, and even stars to resemble the most festive of holidays. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Christmas Tree Eyebrows Are Taking Over Instagram," 27 Nov. 2018 This winter’s theme is ‘Selfridges Rocks Christmas,’ featuring Elvis Presley themed nutcrackers and David Bowie shaped tree baubles. James Brooks, The Seattle Times, "London department store launches Christmas shop _ in August," 6 Aug. 2018 Second City Award Chicago added another architectural bauble to its crown, Wrightwood 659, a converted exhibition space designed by Tadao Ando. Mark Lamster, Curbed, "2018 in architecture: The good, the bad, and the urbanism," 27 Dec. 2018 All of her ornaments are made-to-order, which means each bauble is truly one-of-a-kind. Kate Bennis, Good Housekeeping, "Watch This Russian Artist Create Gorgeous Hand-Painted Ornaments," 21 Dec. 2018 This year, the city is celebrating the market’s 25th anniversary with 70,000 Christmas baubles. Louis Cheslaw, Condé Nast Traveler, "What To Do In Copenhagen In December 2018," 6 Dec. 2018

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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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bauble

noun

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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