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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Firerose's new bling shines just as bright as their romance. Michelle Lee, Peoplemag, 16 Nov. 2022 Add panoramic roof, 22-inch aero wheels, leather, big screen, big battery, and my bling-tastic Platinum model cost an eye-rolling 94 grand. cleveland, 5 Nov. 2022 Machine Gun Kelly is known for his punk-rock fashion, cotton candy hair and standout luxury manicures – now the masterminds behind the latter are bringing the bling straight from the star's nails right into his fans' hands. Michelle Lee, Peoplemag, 29 Sep. 2022 There will be lots of bling, all of it historic and steeped in tradition. Catherine Garcia, The Week, 22 Sep. 2022 Simpson earned the bling for his swim in the semi-finals for the Australian men’s 4x100m freestyle relay team in Birmingham, England, after which the squad went on to comfortably top the podium. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 1 Aug. 2022 Sandé later shared two more photos to her Instagram Story of her new bling, as well as one with her new fiancée, a classical pianist. Rachel Desantis, Peoplemag, 21 Sep. 2022 The Saint Laurent show made a compelling case for thick stacks of bangles paired with a simple black dress, to let the bling speak, and shine, for itself. Kevin Leblanc, ELLE, 1 Aug. 2022 During the warmer months, the hotel's seasonal beach club and seaside restaurant, a few minutes drive away in nearby Gruissan, conjure something of the Côte d'Azur's belle vie sun-and-sea vibe -- without any of its ostentatious bling. Terry Ward, CNN, 7 July 2022 See More

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Word History



First Known Use

1999, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bling was in 1999

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“Bling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

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