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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Available in six sizes, from 32 to 75 inches, it comes included with Alexa functionality, an art store for purchasing display images, and a customizable frame and bezel. Popular Mechanics, 18 Nov. 2022 Housed in a contemporary 44mm titanium case, the model features a blue dial with PVD blue accents on the bezel and lugs. Cait Bazemore, Robb Report, 2 Nov. 2022 The display is built from Apple’s classic silver aluminum, with a medium-sized black bezel around the screen on the front. Maren Estrada, BGR, 8 Apr. 2022 The camera lives in a large rectangular box on the top bezel. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 8 Jan. 2022 The new Marstimer, with its orange aluminum bezel inspired by Mars’ hematite surface, is an upgrade on the X-33 Skywalker first launched in 2014. WIRED, 9 Oct. 2022 The Marstimer also features an aluminum bezel ring dressed in a red hematite color reminiscent of dust on Mars. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 28 Sep. 2022 Previously, however, attention has focused on its use in smartphones, where manufacturers have obsessed over reducing bezel size in recent years. Jon Porter, The Verge, 14 Jan. 2021 There is also no sign of a rotating bezel in the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro, which has been a defining feature of this series since the beginning. Andrew Williams, Forbes, 31 July 2022 See More

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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 27 Nov. 2022.

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