Definition of bauble in English:



  • 1A small, showy trinket or decoration.

    ‘clutch bags embellished with glittering baubles’
    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’
      • ‘Make Victorian lace baubles by covering light balls with tissue or silver paper and then attaching lace round the middle with PVA glue.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It has been a year since I purged my hovel of cursed trinkets and baubles.’
      • ‘The Christmas tree has been up and glittering for two days now, dripping with lights, baubles and shiny things of all kinds.’
      • ‘One shelf is lined with stringed lights while another holds baubles and bows and you name it, to put on the tree.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Glass shapes, baubles and coloured beads all hung from the ivy, twinkling in the sun's rays.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Besides, since the house move, I had no idea where the tree baubles were.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The chunky frames are designed to reflect the Victorian grandeur of the resort, while the baubles lining the slats represent the bright lights.’
      • ‘Overnight, someone had set up the tree, decorated it with lights, tinsel 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She had purchased a few small items, trinkets and baubles, mostly.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2Something 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.’
      • ‘He doesn't attach much importance to that bauble named clarity.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2historical A baton formerly used as an emblem by jesters.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


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