span·​gle | \ ˈspaŋ-gəl How to pronounce spangle (audio) \

Definition of spangle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a small plate of shining metal or plastic used for ornamentation especially on clothing
2 : a small glittering object or particle


spangled; spangling\ ˈspaŋ-​g(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce spangling (audio) \

Definition of spangle (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to set or sprinkle with or as if with spangles

intransitive verb

: to glitter as if covered with spangles : sparkle

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Examples of spangle in a Sentence

Noun showgirls dressed in costumes with gold spangles Verb in typical Las Vegas fashion, the showgirls' sequined costumes spangled gloriously
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Today, plastic trash spangles the river’s sandy banks. Paul Salopek, The New Yorker, "Walking the Path of the Buddha in a Neglected Corner of India," 9 Aug. 2019 Even office wear wasn’t immune: Glimmering spangles covered pencil skirts and blazers alike. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "Jenna Lyons, the former powerhouse behind J.Crew, finally announced her next move," 9 Oct. 2018 Dressed in a dazzle of black spangles, Liza still oozes a star quality that can eclipse a sometimes hazy memory for lyrics and some fumbled lip-synching. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Hamish Bowles Goes Inside Dolce & Gabbana’s Alta Moda and Sartoria Events in New York City," 9 Apr. 2018 Somewhere in the South Pacific, there are women dressed in sequins, spangles and rhinestones, Katz said, as the audience erupted with applause and delight. Lynne Terry,, "Hundreds turn out to celebrate late mayor Vera Katz," 28 Jan. 2018 Equally head turning were the washes of holographic pigment on the lids at Stella Jean and the spangles of tiny sequins tapped onto the nude pouts at Shrimps. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The 8 Top Beauty Trends From the Spring 2018 Fashion Shows," 11 Oct. 2017 The scrim of daytime sky gives way to a bright spangle of stars. Richard Conniff, Smithsonian, "A New Age of Discovery Is Happening Right Now in the Remote Forests of Suriname," 29 Mar. 2017 The eruption will signal the moment two stars locked in a cosmic dance have merged, exploding into a red nova that will briefly give Cygnus an extra stellar spangle. Nadia Drake, National Geographic, "How to See a Star Explode in 2022," 6 Jan. 2017 The scrim of daytime sky gives way to a bright spangle of stars. Richard Conniff, Smithsonian, "A New Age of Discovery Is Happening Right Now in the Remote Forests of Suriname," 2 May 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Children pile onto laps, sharing a red and white star-spangled blanket. Lisa Bonos, Washington Post, "What’s life like as a young Kennedy now? A mix of fame, obscurity and trauma.," 6 Aug. 2019 Some of the twinkling stars that spangle Earth’s skies are relics from the earliest beginnings of the Milky Way galaxy, astronomers have discovered. Nadia Drake, National Geographic, "Found: Oldest known stars in our galaxy," 22 July 2019 No matter what your work schedule or location within the 50 states is, these six trips can be quickly planned and easily customized for a day-of star-spangled celebration (no PTO necessary). Elizabeth Buxton,, "Stuck In A Mid-Week July Fourth Rut? We Have The Star-Spangled Plan," 5 July 2019 If SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has his way, Earth’s skies will soon be spangled with about 12,000 false stars—the speeding, reflected gleams from a mega-constellation of telecommunications satellites collectively called Starlink. Nadia Drake, National Geographic, "Will Elon Musk’s Starlink satellites harm astronomy? Here’s what we know.," 29 May 2019 The small Oakland County community tucked among Royal Oak, Troy and Birmingham throws a feel-good, star-spangled celebration that brings to mind Independence Days of decades past. Greg Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "The weekend: Fourth of July in Clawson, Rib Fest, Camaro Superfest, Oakland County Fair," 3 July 2019 There were romantic asymmetric gowns with trains, spangled looks for men and women that took the kira-kira-effect to the next level, and hyperbolic tailoring. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Meet Selam Fessahaye, the Stylist and Designer Making Change on the Swedish Fashion Scene," 2 Apr. 2019 The undersea scenes are full of bright reds and pinks spangled onto a banner of crystal blues and greens. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Watch: an extended look at Aquaman reveals a bright and bawdy undersea adventure," 5 Oct. 2018 Happy Friday, spangled kookaburras, and welcome back to another edition of This Week in Timothée Chalamet. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "This Week in Timothée Chalamet, September 14 Edition," 14 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of spangle


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1548, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for spangle


Middle English spangel, diminutive of spang shiny ornament, probably from Middle Dutch spange; akin to Old English spang buckle, Middle Dutch spannen to stretch

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The first known use of spangle was in the 15th century

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“Spangle.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 8 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of spangle

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a small, shiny piece of metal or plastic that is used to decorate clothing



English Language Learners Definition of spangle (Entry 2 of 2)

: to decorate or cover (something) with many small, shiny objects


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