- 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
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Examples from the Web for bangle
She wore a low-cut pink dress and bangle bracelets up both arms, her hair properly poufed.The Helen Gurley Brown I Knew
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People are wearing garbage bags on runways—why not wear a roll of tape as a bangle?Can the Penny Chic Fashion Blog Make Walmart Chic?
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Mahmat took the bangle eagerly and hid it in the folds of his waist-cloth.Almayer's Folly
"It will be rare some day," said Anne, slipping the bangle on her wrist.
It was certainly the trinket attached to the bangle which he had given Anne.
The sudden return of Denis to help to find the bangle had been the opportunity.Too Old for Dolls
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When the bangle was handed in to her she seized it, but not very graciously.Girls of the True Blue
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- 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
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."
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