Definition of bauble in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbɔːb(ə)l/


1.1British A light, brightly coloured glass ball or other decoration hung on a Christmas tree: once stripped of their tinsel and baubles, most Christmas trees end up in landfill
More example sentences
  • 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.
1.2Something 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.
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 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.

Words that rhyme with bauble

corbel, warble
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