Definition of bauble in English:


Line breaks: bau¦ble
Pronunciation: /ˈbɔːb(ə)l


  • 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 exhibition
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    • 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.
    trinket, knick-knack, ornament, toy, novelty, curiosity, gimmick, plaything, trifle, frippery, gewgaw, gimcrack, bagatelle, bibelot, furbelow
    informal whatnot
    British informal doodah, doobry
    North American informal tchotchke, tsatske
  • 1.1Something that is superficially attractive but useless or worthless: people in quest of honours are wasting time and effort to secure baubles
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    • 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.
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    • 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 bauble—a 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.

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