\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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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 Speaking of bling, local designer Bela Thacker and creative director Casiraghi Brody have partnered on Zayver Designs for the past few years. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "What to Wear: To dress a thief," 6 June 2018 James appeared on the red carpet at the BAFTAs wearing a gorgeous black strapless dress by Burberry with the jaw-dropping bling. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Are Lily James and Matt Smith Engaged?," 20 Feb. 2018 Take a look at what the team's Super Bowl rings look like, and players posting their new bling to social media. James Reineking, USA TODAY, "Philadelphia Eagles receive Super Bowl LII championship rings in ceremony," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of bling

1999, in the meaning defined above

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