be·​zel ˈbē-zəl How to pronounce bezel (audio) ˈbe- How to pronounce bezel (audio)
: a rim that holds a transparent covering (as on a watch, clock, or headlight) or that is rotatable and has special markings (as on a watch)
gems : the oblique (see oblique entry 1 sense 1a) side or face of a cut gem
specifically : the upper faceted portion of a brilliant projecting from the setting see brilliant illustration
jewelry : a usually metal rim of a piece of jewelry in which an ornament (such as a gem) is set

Examples of bezel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Rolex Diamonds adorn both the bezel and the mother-of-pearl dial of the new 40mm Cosmograph Daytona in white gold; $70,100, at Rolex at Gearys, Beverly Hills and Laurie Brookins, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 May 2024 Witness a professional tennis match, an international airport clock or a Rolex ad today and you’re guaranteed to see that gleaming fluted bezel doing nothing more than gleam. Allen Farmelo, Robb Report, 11 May 2024 The Galaxy Watch 6 represents a solid if iterative update compared to the previous generation and boasts better battery life, Wear OS 4 out of the box, and 30 percent slimmer bezels. Quentyn Kennemer, The Verge, 2 May 2024 Each remake is a different color and has distinctive details: An all-black version with an 18-karat-gold vintage-style bezel has minuscule diamonds as hour markers. Jamie Sims Angela Koh Caitie Kelly Gage Daughdrill Shannon Adducci Ella Riley-Adams Caitie Kelly Angela Koh, New York Times, 2 May 2024 With its customizable bezels and a matte screen that reduces glare, this TV doubles as a stunning hanging painting in Art Mode. Shubham Yewale, PCMAG, 26 Apr. 2024 Using the Oyster case and adding a rotating bezel, the original Milgauss was essentially a pre-Submariner with beefed up anti-magnetism. Allen Farmelo, Robb Report, 24 Apr. 2024 Diamonds also adorn the bezel and the President bracelet. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 15 Apr. 2024 Thin bezel wraps around the top and sides of the screen but thickens up a bit below the display. PCMAG, 11 Apr. 2024

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Word History


probably from dialect form of French biseau bezel, from Middle French

First Known Use

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of bezel was in 1611

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“Bezel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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