Definition of bangle in English:



  • A rigid ornamental band worn round the arm or occasionally the ankle.

    ‘she rubbed the ivory bangle on her wrist’
    • ‘The most expensive thing we stole was this big, pink bangle which cost around $18 dollars.’
    • ‘Her hammered copper bracelets and bangles (priced between $30 and $350) are wearable pieces of modern art.’
    • ‘Lismore Jewel Centre has a range of gold and silver rings, watches, bracelets and necklets, bangles and earrings.’
    • ‘Like their Asian Indian counterparts, Pakistani American women enjoy wearing gold ornaments or jewelry, including bangles, bracelets, rings, and necklaces.’
    • ‘Gold-plated jewellery, silver ornaments, including anklets, earrings, necklaces and bangles studded with Hyderabad pearls were available.’
    • ‘Whatever your tastes and whatever your budget, there is an enormous choice of bracelets and bangles to suit everyone.’
    • ‘Jeweled earrings, necklaces, bangles and rings will be added according to taste.’
    • ‘The Indian-inspired glittery bangle is back and adds some pizzazz to any look - they can be picked up relatively cheap, and you need several to get the look down.’
    • ‘Some men wore red tartan skirts and adornments of beads, leopard skin head bands and bangles.’
    • ‘During the fifth or seventh month of their pregnancy, women receive bangles or bracelets from their husband's families.’
    • ‘I tried a few different accessories - some rings, a necklace, and bangle bracelets - but none of them seemed to fit.’
    • ‘Bentelli pieces are beautifully designed engagement ring rings, bracelets, earrings, pendants and bangles in polished silver.’
    • ‘Amono's anklet turned to a bangle of solid amber which had once been sap, the lifeblood of trees.’
    • ‘The trend has changed so radically that pretty, feminine summer dresses, hot tropical prints and sweet pastels look positively unfinished without necklaces, bangles, pendants and earrings.’
    • ‘At Obigwe, pottery again proved to be the predominant find, along with a pipe bowl, burnt kernels, and a broken copper bangle.’
    • ‘She was festooned with bangles, rings, necklaces, earrings and jewellery.’
    • ‘The collection includes necklaces, earrings (chandelier earrings), rings, pendants, pendant sets, brooches, bangles and bracelets.’
    • ‘The 1990s have seen tremendous growth in this Indian market, much in the form of heavy-weight investment jewellery - bangles, ankle-rings and necklaces.’
    • ‘Avoid wearing bangles or bracelets and pick a stunning ring instead.’
    • ‘On display are necklaces, large pendants, bangles, earrings, and rings set in brilliant coloured stones such as emeralds, rubies, and rose cut diamonds, all designed by the Ganjam Design Studio.’
    • ‘He was also wearing four gold rings, a gold bangle and gold necklace.’
    • ‘‘Hey,’ she said, extending a hand and revealing an arm full of bangles and homemade bracelets.’
    • ‘I added lots of bangles and bracelets and I wore this outfit with a pair of my platforms, black of course.’
    • ‘The diamonds were mounted on various items of gold and platinum jewellery, including rings, watches, bangles and necklaces.’
    • ‘Earrings, necklaces, bangles and bracelets are also available.’
    • ‘She had on a gold watch, a couple of gold rings and bangle bracelets, and her locket.’
    • ‘Nestled into the gleaming array of jeweled beauties were my weakness, bangle bracelets.’
    • ‘She finished getting ready by putting on her favorite necklace and some bangle bracelets.’
    • ‘Three gold bangle bracelets were on her left wrist, and two on her right.’
    • ‘The set, comprising a necklace, a pair of earrings, rings and bangles, is fashioned from 18 carat gold.’
    • ‘The range of display includes necklaces, bangles, pendants, coins, designer jewellery, birthstones and exquisite designer jewellery pieces.’
    • ‘Twist 14-gauge wire into spiral formations to bang out copper bangle bracelets assembly-line style.’
    • ‘It was a gold plated solid bangle with starburst patterns.’
    • ‘From Rajasthan, the silver jewellers have on display a number of earrings, bangles and necklaces.’
    • ‘Be bold and brash in your grunge gear with loop earrings and big bangles or add chic to your feet by returning to the simple pointed court shoe or stiletto.’
    • ‘Scottie gave Charlie a cosmetic bag that his mom had picked out, and Sara's present was a silver plated bangle bracelet.’
    • ‘Like most classical dancers, they were heavily made-up, brightly costumed, and adorned with bangles, bell anklets, earrings, and rings.’
    • ‘Hereafter in this judgment I shall use the expression ‘the Set’ to refer to the necklace, the earrings and the two bangles.’
    • ‘I met Claire when she walked over to me with all of her gel bracelets and rainbow bangles.’
    • ‘The collection included a wide range of jewellery such as necklaces, earrings, bangles, studs, broaches and mangalsutra.’
    bracelet, wristlet, anklet, armlet, slave bangle
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Late 18th century: from Hindi baṅglī ‘glass bracelet’.