\ ˈbliŋ How to pronounce bling (audio) \
variants: or bling-bling \ ˈbliŋ-​ˌbliŋ How to pronounce bling (audio) \

Definition of bling

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

Examples of bling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Professional sports bling has been a tradition since the early 1920s, when the New York Giants baseball team handed out rings as an alternative to the pocket watch chains, cuff links and engraved tie clips that previously had been given to players. Los Angeles Times, "Beneath the bling: Lakers championship rings feature many special surprises," 15 Jan. 2021 Embrace the transformative power of footwear—and bling. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "How Amina Muaddi, Hollywood’s Favorite Footwear Designer, Masters Eclectic Style," 10 Dec. 2020 After introductions from Lakers' families and frontline workers, the remaining players and staff from the title-winning roster collected the new bling with each players' individual number and name emblazoned on it. Christopher Brito, CBS News, "Lakers receive championship rings with special tribute to Kobe Bryant," 23 Dec. 2020 Rob Pelinka were presented their giant rings via videos of family members, and the surprised joy on the Lakers’ faces was the night’s best bling. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Lakers look like champs for a moment, then just look tired and tight on opening night," 22 Dec. 2020 One close-up of her new bling reveals that the ring features an oval-shaped diamond with what appears to be a pearl to its left. Anna Chan, Billboard, "Ariana Grande Is Engaged to Dalton Gomez: 'Forever N Then Some'," 20 Dec. 2020 There’s no bling, no playfulness, no manga or anime imagery. Lee Lawrence, WSJ, "‘Hands & Earth: Perspectives on Japanese Contemporary Ceramics’ Review: A Kiln-Fired Culture," 9 Dec. 2020 Gwen flashed her beautiful new bling in a series of videos on her Instagram Story, while in the car with Blake on the way to the People's Choice Awards. Tierney Mcafee, Country Living, "Gwen Stefani Gave Fans a First Glimpse of Her Engagement Ring from Blake Shelton and We're Obsessed," 17 Nov. 2020 Scarlett Johansson is showing off some not-so-subtle wedding bling. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "Scarlett Johansson Flaunted Her Massive New Gold Wedding Band in New York," 11 Nov. 2020

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1999, in the meaning defined above

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29 Jan 2021

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“Bling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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