\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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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 Followers caught another glimpse of the baby's new bling in a photo Kylie shared later, featuring Stormi taking a nap on Kylie's chest, which the new mom captioned with a pink heart emoji. Andrea Park, Allure, "Kylie Jenner Is Getting Mommy-Shamed for Piercing 5-Month-Old Stormi's Ears," 12 July 2018 There’s no question a cool bracelet made from a bomb will trounce all other BBQ bling. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "Top patriotic BBQ gear for July 4," 3 July 2018 For women, popular boots include a wide variety which are boots with bling and sparkle, snipped toe, and square toe. Vagney Bradley, Houston Chronicle, "Boot scootin' at the rodeo means big business to Cypress shop," 2 Mar. 2018 Jennifer Garner took the idea to the ultimate red carpet at the Oscars in a fringe dress by Oscar de la Renta and later that same evening, Miranda Kerr melded the ideas of bling and fluidity in a gown by Kaufman Franco. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sparkle and Shine," 7 Mar. 2014 Could the signature accessory of Barbara Bush (though hers were fake) and generations of debutantes be the next big thing in bling? Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Are Pearls the New Diamonds? Young Thug Makes the Case," 19 June 2018 Living > Parties Paris couture brings out the bling, but last night Nadja Swarovski and Penélope Cruz upped the game. Vogue, "Penélope Cruz and Atelier Swarovski Bring the Bling to Paris Couture," 3 July 2018 Grande showed off some interesting bling on her brother and former Big Brother star Frankie Grande's Instagram., "Is This Ariana Grande's Engagement Ring?," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of bling

1999, in the meaning defined above

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