- 1A small, showy trinket or decoration, especially (British ) a light, brightly coloured sphere hung on a Christmas tree: the baubles on a Christmas tree • humorous trinkets and baubles on show at Scotland’s finest jewellery exhibitionMore example sentences
trinket, knick-knack, ornament, toy, novelty, curiosity, gimmick, plaything, trifle, frippery, gewgaw, gimcrack, bagatelle, bibelot, furbelow• informal whatnot
- Children decorated the tree with lights, baubles, tinsel, snow and pretend gifts yesterday.
- Shoppers yesterday spoke of their shock at the wanton act of vandalism as they walked past the flattened £1, 500 tree with its brightly coloured baubles strewn across the paving.
- Overnight, someone had set up the tree, decorated it with lights, tinsel and baubles.
- 1.1Something that is superficially attractive but useless or worthless: people in quest of honours are wasting time and effort to secure baublesMore example sentences
- He doesn't attach much importance to that bauble named clarity.
- Robinson ‘has fallen far further than most, all for a bauble, a trinket, a ring, ‘said Fratkin.
- Too long has your attention been waylaid by the bright baubles of extremist thought.
- 2 • historical A baton formerly used as an emblem by jesters.More example sentences
- The scepter was basically a longer, thinner omni-weapon, excepting for the huge metal sphere on the base of the tube, giving it the appearance of a jester's bauble.
- The court fool or jester of medieval and Renaissance Europe carried around a baublea stick capped with a soft-sculpture replica of himself.
- And of course, I didn't really think about it raining when I painted up by bauble (jester's stick) the other day.
Middle English: from Old French baubel 'child's toy', of unknown origin.