Origin of bling

1995-2000; perhaps imitative of the imaginary sound that light makes when reflecting off a diamond
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n.

also bling-bling, by 1997, U.S. rap slang, "wealth, expensive accessories," a sound suggestive of the glitter of jewels and precious metals (cf. German blinken "to gleam, sparkle").

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