[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. bangka,
  2. bangkok,
  3. bangla,
  4. bangladesh,
  5. bangladeshi,
  6. bangor,
  7. bangs,
  8. bangs, john kendrick,
  9. bangtail,
  10. bangtail muster

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

Examples from the Web for bangled

  • The coral set belongs to Elsie, and is presented by her godmother, and this bangled set is mine.

    Miss Dexie|Stanford Eveleth
  • A woman, veiled and bangled, climbed aboard just then, and I understood.

    The Ship Dwellers|Albert Bigelow Paine
  • The silken frou-frou of their skirts and the tinkling of their bangled bracelets broke the stillness.

    Their Son; The Necklace|Eduardo Zamacois

British Dictionary definitions for bangled


/ (ˈbæŋɡəl) /


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 bangled



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper