\ 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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The 28-year-old first announced the news of her engagement to Adams on Tuesday, and hasn’t been shy about showing off her bling since. Katie Intner,, "Sarah Hyland Hilariously Claps Back at a Hater Criticizing Her Engagement Ring Photos," 19 July 2019 All kinds of scams proliferate in the truffle world’s lawless climate, fed by the appetites of epicures and consumers of culinary bling alike, and most of us are mycologically illiterate—and thus easily duped. Eugenia Bone, WSJ, "‘The Truffle Underground’ Review: Malice and Mushrooms," 10 July 2019 The backdrop: a Gilded-Age American appetite for silver, spurred by steep tariffs, seemingly bottomless silver mines, and a nouveau-riche society intent on parading its bling. Cate Mcquaid,, "With this glittering display of silver, a Providence rags-to-riches tale," 3 July 2019 Dress this up your outfit by adding strappy heels and plenty of crystal bling. Tiffany Reid, Seventeen, "15 Homecoming Outfit Ideas That Are Just the Right Amount of Extra," 20 June 2019 Williamson went a little casual on his big night with no tie and flashed some bling with his wrist watch. Jeff Bailey, The Denver Post, "Denver Sports Omelette: Best and worst fashion statements from the NBA draft," 21 June 2019 His necklace was a stunner, with bling that appeared to feature The Simpsons character Sideshow Bob. Matt Wyatt, Houston Chronicle, "NBA Draft transforms into fashion show," 20 June 2019 Curran, also as usual, brandished the Warriors’ team colors: Gold thigh-high boots, a gold Cleopatra-like neck collar and bracelets and other jewelry with plenty of bling. Jose Carlos Fajardo, The Mercury News, "Beyonce controversy aside, Nicole Curran always shines as Warriors’ style icon," 8 June 2019 In fact, peacock spiders employ a complex variety of techniques to create their back-end bling, with their flickering reds and golds based on pigments, and the iridescent blues and purples being the work of light-reflecting structures. Nadia Drake, National Geographic, "How peacock spiders use optical illusions to woo females," 22 May 2019

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1999, in the meaning defined above

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