[bang-guh l]


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 formsban·gled, adjectiveun·ban·gled, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for bangle

bracelet, fritter, ornament, charm, knickknack, waste, droop, tinsel, roam

Examples from the Web for bangle

Contemporary Examples of bangle

Historical Examples of bangle

  • 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



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 for bangle

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