[ baw-buhl ]
/ ˈbɔ bəl /


a showy, usually cheap, ornament; trinket; gewgaw.
a jester's scepter.

Nearby words

  1. batuque,
  2. batwa,
  3. batwing,
  4. batwing sleeve,
  5. batwoman,
  6. bauchi,
  7. bauchle,
  8. baucis,
  9. baud,
  10. baud rate

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

Examples from the Web for bauble

British Dictionary definitions for bauble


/ (ˈbɔːbəl) /


a showy toy or trinket of little value; trifle
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
(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.

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