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Origin of bauble

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English babel, babulle, from Old French babel, baubel, derivatives of an expressive base with varying vocalisms; compare Old French baubelet “little trinket”; see bibelot
Can be confusedbabble bauble bubble Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for bauble

knickknack, trifle, doodad, novelty, gewgaw, gimcrack, curio, whatnot

Examples from the Web for bauble

Historical Examples of bauble

  • Her black eyes gleamed with triumph at the sight of the bauble.

  • It was thus I now toyed there with my fate in my hands, as might a child have toyed with a bauble.

    Ruggles of Red Gap

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • He let it lie on the table before him and gazed at the bauble in a strong distaste.

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

  • So you had better produce the other bauble you stole at the same time.

    David Elginbrod

    George MacDonald

  • Actually, he knew he could get an easy twenty-five balata for the bauble in Karth.

    The Players

    Everett B. Cole

British Dictionary definitions for bauble


  1. a showy toy or trinket of little value; trifle
  2. a small, usually spherical ornament made of coloured or decorated material which is hung from the branches of a Christmas treeUsual US name: Christmas ornament
  3. (formerly) a mock staff of office carried by a court jester

Word Origin for bauble

C14: from Old French baubel plaything, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for bauble

"showy trinket or ornament," early 14c., from Old French baubel "child's toy, trinket," probably a reduplication of bel, from Latin bellus "pretty" (see bene-). Or else related to babe, baby.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper