Definition of bling in English:

bling

Syllabification: bling
Pronunciation: /ˈbliNG
 
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informal

noun

  • Expensive, ostentatious clothing and jewelry, or the wearing of them: behind the bling: are diamonds worth it?
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    • His penchant for fast cars, castles, horses, jets, yachts, game lodges and bling is well chronicled.
    • A word about the costumes, though; far too much bling.
    • There are no sharp suits, palatial estates or sports cars; young punks are wearing the same shirt for several days rather than flashing bling.

adjective

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  • Denoting expensive, ostentatious clothing and jewelry, or the style or materialistic attitudes associated with them: the bling lifestyle of diamond rings, flashy cars, and champagne
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    • The president's aggressively right-wing political and financial agenda - and his bling-bling lifestyle - has proved a godsend for comedians.
    • Its Christmas party dresses were too bling for my liking, while its Christmas ad campaign, veered into naff territory.
    • That black fedora really suits her, but it doesn't mix well with the hippie necklaces and bling watch.

Derivatives

blingy

adjective (blingier, blingiest)
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  • You've managed to deliver a stylish smartphone that does not need to be the lightest, the thinnest, or the blingiest in the world in order to grab one's attention.
  • This handbag is blingier and bigger than the last version.
  • He presented her with a deed in her name for a 1,000 acre ranch and with the blingiest necklace I have ever seen.

Origin

1990s: perhaps imitative of light reflecting off jewelry, or of jewelry clashing together.

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