\ ˈbliŋ \
variants: or bling-bling \ ˈbliŋ-​ˌbliŋ \

Definition of bling

: flashy jewelry worn especially as an indication of wealth or status broadly : expensive and ostentatious possessions

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Kate Middleton also donned some major bling, and surprised her fans by opting for a one-shoulder pink dress, revealing a lot more flesh than usual. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Charles and Duchess Camilla Looked Regal AF at His 70th Birthday Party," 14 Nov. 2018 And while some other royals—namely Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle—have borrowed precious bling from their in-laws, Letizia is a trailblazer in snapping up Queen Sofia’s ready-to-wear pieces. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Queen Letizia of Spain’s Latest Look Is Handed Down From Her Mother-in-Law," 19 Dec. 2018 Ready your debit, because the bling, made by indie brand Rachel Gjersvik Jewelry, was just stocked online for only $25. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Ariana Grande Fans, You Need This $25 "Thank U Next" Necklace ASAP," 3 Dec. 2018 Shared on her Instagram Stories, the new bling announces her new moniker to the world. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Hailey Baldwin's New Necklace Will Inspire You to Shop Personalized Jewelry," 25 Nov. 2018 Rather than pile on the bling, Abramcyk prefers to select jewels with a personal story. Katie Devlin, Vogue, "How the Beauty Pioneers Behind Tenoverten Take Their Less-Is-More Philosophy Into Fashion," 9 Nov. 2018 As first revealed in the look book, the Moschino x H&M collab offers up a range of influences from MTV to Disney, hip hop culture, and over-the-top bling—all of which feel true to Moschino's signature aesthetic. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Naomi Campbell Epically Closed the Moschino x H&M Runway," 25 Oct. 2018 But the real bling in this room is the polished-nickel pot rack. Christine Pittel, House Beautiful, "Christopher Peacock on Designing the 2013 Kitchen of the Year," 20 Aug. 2013 Jennifer Lopez has always had a penchant for bling, and her latest look takes that idea into glamorous new territory. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Jennifer Lopez Brings Her Diva Touch to the Slip Skirt," 25 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of bling

1999, in the meaning defined above

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