be·​zel | \ ˈbē-zəl How to pronounce bezel (audio) , ˈbe- How to pronounce bezel (audio) \

Definition of bezel

1 : 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)
2 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
3 jewelry : a usually metal rim of a piece of jewelry in which an ornament (such as a gem) is set

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The smaller phone has big bezels on top and bottom, while the larger one has a fat iPhone-like notch atop its screen. David Pierce, WSJ, "Google Pixel 3 Review: This Phone Upgrades the Whole Android Universe," 15 Oct. 2018 Lenovo says that the Yoga’s bezels have shrunk as well, but by an undisclosed amount. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon, X1 Yoga slim down with 8th-gen Core chips for 2019," 7 Jan. 2019 The new Air’s display doesn’t stretch all the way to the edges like the ones on the iPhone XS or XR, but the unassuming bezel is to thank for the 2.75-pound laptop’s much smaller footprint, versus its 2.96-pound predecessor. Joanna Stern, WSJ, "New MacBook Air Review: Your Next Laptop Has Arrived (Three Years Late)," 6 Nov. 2018 The Wall Clock features a white bezel — there’s no black model — and has a 10-inch diameter. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Amazon’s Echo Wall Clock now shipping for $30," 14 Dec. 2018 The old headlight’s round bezel is now rippled, and the wheels have silver portions on each spoke. Nick Goddard, Popular Mechanics, "The Ducati Scrambler Icon Bike Just Got a Little Sweeter To Ride," 25 Sep. 2018 Compared with the last model, the bezel around the Pro’s display is now much slimmer. David Pierce, WSJ, "Apple’s New iPad Pro: Great Tablet, Still Can’t Replace Your Laptop," 5 Nov. 2018 The MacBook Pro is good looking , but nobody’s going to give it any awards for thin bezels, which are those strips of plastic metal that surround the display. Jennifer Jolly, USA TODAY, "I just cheated on my MacBook Pro with a cheaper alternative from Huawei," 21 June 2018 Now, the device has a 13-inch display in a 12-inch chassis design, with side bezels that are 50-percent thinner than its predecessor's. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "New HP all-in-one houses Alexa, provides power with wireless charging base," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of bezel

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bezel

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

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