\ 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

Examples of bling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The two announced their good news Wednesday on McCary's Instagram, with a picture of Stone showing off some new bling on her left ring finger. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, "Emma Stone and Dave McCary are engaged! They announce it by flashing her ring on Instagram," 5 Dec. 2019 Kylie Jenner may have just spoiled 22-month-old daughter Stormi with some serious bling this Christmas. Kaitlyn Frey,, "Did Kylie Jenner Buy 22-Month-Old Daughter Stormi a Diamond Ring for Christmas?," 27 Dec. 2019 All the space-age whimsy is served with a side of bling and fiercely bedazzled mannequins. Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Christmas Window Displays in NYC and Around the World," 2 Dec. 2019 Military officials swaggered, their lapels dripping with bling. Los Angeles Times, "On eve of China’s 70th anniversary parade, President Xi says nation leads the world," 30 Sep. 2019 The offer is the largest acquisition yet attempted by Bernard Arnault, LVMH’s multi-billionaire boss, and another big bet on bling; in 2011 LVMH took a majority stake in Bulgari. The Economist, "Business this week," 2 Nov. 2019 The library will supply the blitz and the bling for the creations. Sharina Taveras Lopez,, "South Carroll: In SCORE Challenge, middle-schoolers’ online research abilities will be tested," 20 Nov. 2019 Wilson scra,bling, passes short left to Willson for 17 and a first down at the Arizona 37. oregonlive, "Seattle Seahawks easily defeat the Arizona Cardinals: Live updates recap, score, stats and more," 29 Sep. 2019 This gives players of the free-to-play game the chance to spend their Riot Points on some avatar bling that might mirror real-life luxury and excess. Washington Post, "Louis Vuitton is now designing outfits for League of Legends characters," 23 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of bling

1999, in the meaning defined above

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23 Jan 2020

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“Bling.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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