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[bang-guh l]
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  1. 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.
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Origin of bangle

1780–90; < Hindi banglī, variant of bangrī glass ring, armlet
Related formsban·gled, adjectiveun·ban·gled, adjective
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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.

  • 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

    Anthony Mario Ludovici

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

British Dictionary definitions for bangle


  1. a bracelet, usually without a clasp, often worn high up round the arm or sometimes round the ankle
  2. a disc or charm hanging from a bracelet, necklace, etc
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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."

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