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[bih-spang-guh l]
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verb (used with object), be·span·gled, be·span·gling.
  1. to cover or adorn with or as if with spangles; make sparkle brilliantly: grass bespangled with dewdrops; poetry bespangled with vivid imagery.
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Origin of bespangle

First recorded in 1585–95; be- + spangle
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British Dictionary definitions for bespangle


  1. (tr) to cover or adorn with or as if with spangles
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Word Origin and History for bespangle


1610s, from be- + spangle. Related: Bespangled; bespangling.

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