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

Definition of bling

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

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Neil Lane, the famed jeweler behind Miley's bling (and many other celebrity engagement rings), revealed that her rock is a 19th-century cushion-cut stone. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Liam Hemsworth Was Also in Awe of the Massive Wedding Ring He Gave Miley Cyrus," 7 Feb. 2019 Jenner shared a snap of her new bling: a delicate ring with the letters JW for Scott's real name, Jacques Webster. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner Might've Just Called Travis Scott Her Husband on Instagram," 23 Jan. 2019 There was a lot of bling and a lot of hair extensions (more on that in a minute) but what was decidedly missing from makeup tables and the models' faces was highlighter. Sophia Panych, Allure, "Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2018: Why Charlotte Tilbury Didn't Use Highlighter on the Angels," 8 Nov. 2018 Kudos to these York girls for coming up with some very inventive ways to wear serious bling. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "No One Noticed Sarah Ferguson's Touching Tribute to Beatrice and Eugenie at the Royal Wedding," 18 Oct. 2018 Many have suggested that the duchess's aversion to the bling might be another facet of her love for high street style and dedication to making the monarchy feel modern and approachable. Glamour, "Kate Middleton Has Only Worn a Tiara Seven Times—See Them All Here," 23 Oct. 2018 There's some extra bling inside the University of Houston softball clubhouse. Joseph Duarte, Houston Chronicle, "UH softball player Sarah Barker receives Astros World Series ring," 18 May 2018 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

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First Known Use of bling

1999, in the meaning defined above

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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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