be·zel | \ˈbē-zəl, ˈbe- \

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 new Blade features a 15.6-inch screen using the au courant bezel-less look. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Hands-on: Razer's redesigned Blade is the most powerful 15-inch laptop in town," 22 May 2018 Called the Apex, this working concept phone offers a near-bezel-less display with no front-facing camera or fingerprint sensor in sight. Eli Blumenthal, USA TODAY, "Mobile World Congress 2018: 5 of the coolest things you need to know," 28 Feb. 2018 There are also four different bezel colors to make the TV blend seamlessly into the room’s decor: black, white, walnut, and beige wood. Sunset, "Your Next TV Could Double As Art," 22 Jan. 2018 Apple is expected to introduce an iPad Pro with Face ID, slim bezels, and no home button, plus several new MacBooks over the next few months. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Apple registers new iPads and MacBooks in Eurasia," 5 July 2018 It's been thin phones, thick bezels, and front fingerprint readers. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "The Moto Z3 Play is official with rare, side-mounted fingerprint reader," 6 June 2018 The display is a 6.21-inch, 2248×1080 AMOLED panel, with a notch up top and a sizable bezel on the bottom. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Xiaomi clones the iPhone X for $420, adds in-display fingerprint reader," 31 May 2018 The nearly bezel-free screen still looks great and there's a fingerprint reader hidden under the power button. Hartford Courant,, "CNET: Best Laptops For Maintaining Your Privacy," 5 July 2018 While part of the chassis is aluminum, the keyboard tray and display bezel are still plastic. Melissa Riofrio, PCWorld, "Hands-on: The Acer Predator Helios 300 Special Edition takes the boring out of budget gaming," 24 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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