- a small, thin, often circular piece of glittering metal or other material, used especially for decorating garments.
- any small, bright drop, object, spot, or the like.
- to decorate with spangles.
- to sprinkle or stud with small, bright pieces, objects, spots, etc.
- to glitter with or like spangles.
Origin of spangle
Examples from the Web for spangle
You know my reputation—30 years in a circus and never lost a spangle.Letters of a Dakota Divorcee
Presently their objective came into sight: a spangle of lights on the ground.Tam O' The Scoots
They might miss the spangle and sawdust of the circus, you know.Letty and the Twins
Helen Sherman Griffith
These blessed considerations were made to spangle in mine eyes.The Life of John Bunyan
Sheila Kaye-Smith is not a painter, even though with dew diamonds the thorn-bush she spangle.A Novelist on Novels
W. L. George
- a small thin piece of metal or other shiny material used as a decoration, esp on clothes; sequin
- any glittering or shiny spot or object
- (intr) to glitter or shine with or like spangles
- (tr) to decorate or cover with spangles
Word Origin and History for spangle
early 15c., diminutive of spang "glittering ornament, spangle," probably from Middle Dutch spange "brooch, clasp," cognate with Old English spang "buckle, clasp," from Proto-Germanic *spango, from an extended form of the root of span (v.).
1540s, from spangle (n.). Related: Spangled; spangling.