Definition of bauble in English:

bauble

noun

  • 1A small, showy trinket or decoration.

    ‘clutch bags embellished with glittering baubles’
    • ‘In that moment, Halas saw the king for what he really was: a sad, lonely man, trying to fill the void his wife had left with meaningless trinkets and baubles.’
    • ‘The chunky frames are designed to reflect the Victorian grandeur of the resort, while the baubles lining the slats represent the bright lights.’
    • ‘In the corner of the room a large evergreen tree was standing tall, decorated with golden beads, popcorn strands, glass baubles, and handmade ornaments constructed by Damien and Thomas.’
    • ‘The sun shone brightly, glittering off the grey stones of the castle, catching in the trinkets and glass baubles hanging open to the air outside of shops.’
    • ‘Make Victorian lace baubles by covering light balls with tissue or silver paper and then attaching lace round the middle with PVA glue.’
    • ‘One shelf is lined with stringed lights while another holds baubles and bows and you name it, to put on the tree.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Besides, since the house move, I had no idea where the tree baubles were.’
    • ‘Each night after going to bed I can hear them downstairs dismantling the Christmas tree bauble by bauble.’
    • ‘Children decorated the tree with lights, baubles, tinsel, snow and pretend gifts yesterday.’
    • ‘It has been a year since I purged my hovel of cursed trinkets and baubles.’
    • ‘Also, I can't stand to have money and will automatically spend all my hard earned savings on any shiny bauble or trinket that happens to strike my fancy.’
    • ‘She had purchased a few small items, trinkets and baubles, mostly.’
    • ‘She has removed all the baubles from the tree and hidden them around the house.’
    • ‘As they reached the city gates, they saw fist-sized rubies and great sapphires and emeralds and flashes of amethyst hanging like decorative baubles from every possible place.’
    • ‘The pieces on this page - not to scale - are only the tip of the mountain of crystal, coral, bead, shell, pearl and sequin baubles available out there for summer.’
    • ‘Overnight, someone had set up the tree, decorated it with lights, tinsel and baubles.’
    • ‘Dotted with tiny red berries and decorated with a mix of old and new baubles, the imitation tree is topped by a Father Christmas ornament that is an incredible 102 years old.’
    • ‘Glass shapes, baubles and coloured beads all hung from the ivy, twinkling in the sun's rays.’
    • ‘The Christmas tree has been up and glittering for two days now, dripping with lights, baubles and shiny things of all kinds.’
    trinket, knick-knack, ornament, toy, novelty, curiosity, gimmick, plaything, trifle, frippery, gewgaw, gimcrack, bagatelle, bibelot, furbelow
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    1. 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’
      • ‘In the corner of the room a large evergreen tree was standing tall, decorated with golden beads, popcorn strands, glass baubles, and handmade ornaments constructed by Damien and Thomas.’
      • ‘She has removed all the baubles from the tree and hidden them around the house.’
      • ‘The sun shone brightly, glittering off the grey stones of the castle, catching in the trinkets and glass baubles hanging open to the air outside of shops.’
      • ‘One shelf is lined with stringed lights while another holds baubles and bows and you name it, to put on the tree.’
      • ‘Also, I can't stand to have money and will automatically spend all my hard earned savings on any shiny bauble or trinket that happens to strike my fancy.’
      • ‘Besides, since the house move, I had no idea where the tree baubles were.’
      • ‘The pieces on this page - not to scale - are only the tip of the mountain of crystal, coral, bead, shell, pearl and sequin baubles available out there for summer.’
      • ‘It has been a year since I purged my hovel of cursed trinkets and baubles.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In that moment, Halas saw the king for what he really was: a sad, lonely man, trying to fill the void his wife had left with meaningless trinkets and baubles.’
      • ‘Each night after going to bed I can hear them downstairs dismantling the Christmas tree bauble by bauble.’
      • ‘Overnight, someone had set up the tree, decorated it with lights, tinsel and baubles.’
      • ‘The chunky frames are designed to reflect the Victorian grandeur of the resort, while the baubles lining the slats represent the bright lights.’
      • ‘The Christmas tree has been up and glittering for two days now, dripping with lights, baubles and shiny things of all kinds.’
      • ‘Dotted with tiny red berries and decorated with a mix of old and new baubles, the imitation tree is topped by a Father Christmas ornament that is an incredible 102 years old.’
      • ‘Glass shapes, baubles and coloured beads all hung from the ivy, twinkling in the sun's rays.’
      • ‘She had purchased a few small items, trinkets and baubles, mostly.’
      • ‘As they reached the city gates, they saw fist-sized rubies and great sapphires and emeralds and flashes of amethyst hanging like decorative baubles from every possible place.’
      • ‘Make Victorian lace baubles by covering light balls with tissue or silver paper and then attaching lace round the middle with PVA glue.’
      • ‘Children decorated the tree with lights, baubles, tinsel, snow and pretend gifts yesterday.’
    2. 1.2 Something that is superficially attractive but useless or worthless.
      ‘people in quest of honours are wasting time and effort to secure baubles’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Finally, he'd be where all the real money, power and fame was, and Jessie would come with him, a bright bauble on his arm.’
      • ‘He doesn't attach much importance to that bauble named clarity.’
  • 2historical A baton formerly used as an emblem by jesters.

    • ‘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.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French baubel ‘child's toy’, of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

bauble

/ˈbɔːb(ə)l/