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 major downside to these screens, one that will be shared with most other designs in 2019, is that the bottom bezel of the phone — commonly called the chin — is likely to remain in place. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "2018 was a weird notch year — what’s next?," 18 Dec. 2018 But it’s built well, with a soft carbon fiber palm rest, thin bezels, all the necessary ports, and a keyboard that doesn’t have the most travel but is still more universally agreeable than boards on other laptops like the MacBook Pro. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Holiday Gift Guide 2018—good tech for the power user in your life," 4 Dec. 2018 The side bezels are 50 percent thinner, and the chin is 39 percent smaller, too. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "HP Elitebook x360 1030 review: Small tweaks made to a stylish work 2-in-1," 16 Nov. 2018 The new iPad Pro ditches the Home button in favor Face ID, gains a lot of power, and its bezels are much slimmer than previous generations. Cameron Faulkner, The Verge, "Apple’s new iPad Pro is now available," 7 Nov. 2018 But the bezels might not be the only thing that’s missing. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Samsung may be plotting a Galaxy S10 blitz with 5G, folding screens...and no headphone jack," 26 Oct. 2018 Breitling Navitimer 1 Automatic 41 The Breitling Navitimer watch family gets an elegant addition with this stainless steel and alligator strap variation, featuring stylish details including a circular slide rule and beaded bezel. ... Alexander Fisher, WSJ, "Baselworld Report: Our 10 Favorite Watches," 26 Mar. 2019 Here, too, Huawei’s FullView display uses a 91 percent screen-to-body ratio, pushing the screen bezels to slivers. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Huawei refreshes the Matebook X Pro and adds a larger Matebook 14," 24 Feb. 2019 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

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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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