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bauble

[baw-buh l]
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noun
  1. a showy, usually cheap, ornament; trinket; gewgaw.
  2. a jester's scepter.
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Origin of bauble

1275–1325; Middle English babel, babulle < Old French babel, baubel, derivatives of an expressive base with varying vocalisms; compare Old French baubelet, bibelot
Can be confusedbabble Babel bauble bubble
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Related Words for bauble

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

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Historical Examples of bauble

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

    City of Endless Night

    Milo Hastings

  • 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

bauble

noun
  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
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Word Origin for bauble

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

n.

"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.

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