[ spang-guhl ]
/ ˈspæŋ gəl /


a small, thin, often circular piece of glittering metal or other material, used especially for decorating garments.
any small, bright drop, object, spot, or the like.

verb (used with object), span·gled, span·gling.

to decorate with spangles.
to sprinkle or stud with small, bright pieces, objects, spots, etc.

verb (used without object), span·gled, span·gling.

to glitter with or like spangles.

Origin of spangle

1375–1425; late Middle English spangele (noun), equivalent to spange spangle (perhaps <Middle Dutch ) + -le-le


spangly, adjectiveun·span·gled, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for spangle

/ (ˈspæŋɡəl) /


a small thin piece of metal or other shiny material used as a decoration, esp on clothes; sequin
any glittering or shiny spot or object


(intr) to glitter or shine with or like spangles
(tr) to decorate or cover with spangles

Derived forms of spangle

spangly, adjective

Word Origin for spangle

C15: diminutive of spange, perhaps from Middle Dutch: clasp; compare Old Norse spöng
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