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[baw-buh l]
  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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  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

C14: from Old French baubel plaything, of obscure origin
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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.

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