- a showy, usually cheap, ornament; trinket; gewgaw.
- a jester's scepter.
Origin of bauble
Examples from the Web for baubles
But most of all blame China and the despicable hunger of its status-conscious middle class for baubles of worked ivory.A World Without Elephants? Blame China
August 6, 2014
She talks to Sandra McElwaine about her childhood and love of baubles.Mary Higgins Clark Interview About New Book, I'll Walk Alone
April 29, 2011
Not nearly enough, apparently, to cover the cost of her favorite bubbies, baubles, and baby ATVs.The Real Cost of Real Housewives
Pamela Redmond Satran/Nameberry
June 20, 2010
Away with these baubles, cried Stadler; on January 10 he stopped the lessons.The Birth of Yugoslavia, Volume 2
There should be lots of toys, and lots of baubles, but useful things too!The Lady of the Basement Flat
Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
He tells me that the English will soon rival the Dutch in these baubles.The Last Of The Barons, Complete
She felt as if she almost hated Mr. Carson, who had decoyed her with his baubles.Mary Barton
Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
And he had drawn from his mother a love of baubles which kept his mind from scheming.Richard Carvel, Complete
- 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 and History for baubles
"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.