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[bang-guh l] /ˈbæŋ gəl/
a rigid, ring-shaped bracelet usually made without a clasp so as to slip over the hand, but sometimes having a hinged opening and a clasp.
Origin of bangle
1780-90; < Hindi banglī, variant of bangrī glass ring, armlet
Related forms
bangled, adjective
unbangled, adjective Unabridged
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  • Mahmat took the bangle eagerly and hid it in the folds of his waist-cloth.

    Almayer's Folly Joseph Conrad
  • "It will be rare some day," said Anne, slipping the bangle on her wrist.

    A Coin of Edward VII

    Fergus Hume
  • It was certainly the trinket attached to the bangle which he had given Anne.

    A Coin of Edward VII

    Fergus Hume
  • The sudden return of Denis to help to find the bangle had been the opportunity.

    Too Old for Dolls

    Anthony Mario Ludovici
  • When the bangle was handed in to her she seized it, but not very graciously.

  • So the Rajah had to wait till the bangle seller was ready to go.

    The Fairy Ring Various
  • You know that fastidious baronet of hers who wears a bangle on his ankle.

    Painted Veils James Huneker
  • But first the sergeant in command of the squad removed the bangle from his wrist.

    Local Color Irvin S. Cobb
British Dictionary definitions for bangle


a bracelet, usually without a clasp, often worn high up round the arm or sometimes round the ankle
a disc or charm hanging from a bracelet, necklace, etc
Word Origin
C19: from Hindi bangrī
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Word Origin and History for bangle

"ring-shaped bracelet," 1787, from Hindi bangri "colored glass bracelet or anklet."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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