One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A small, showy trinket or decoration.
trinket, knick-knack, ornament, toy, novelty, curiosity, gimmick, plaything, trifle, frippery, gewgaw, gimcrack, bagatelle, bibelot, furbelowView synonyms
- ‘One shelf is lined with stringed lights while another holds baubles and bows and you name it, to put on the tree.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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 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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The chunky frames are designed to reflect the Victorian grandeur of the resort, while the baubles lining the slats represent the bright lights.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The Christmas tree has been up and glittering for two days now, dripping with lights, baubles and shiny things of all kinds.’
- ‘Each night after going to bed I can hear them downstairs dismantling the Christmas tree bauble by bauble.’
- ‘She had purchased a few small items, trinkets and baubles, mostly.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Besides, since the house move, I had no idea where the tree baubles were.’
- ‘Children decorated the tree with lights, baubles, tinsel, snow and pretend gifts yesterday.’
- ‘Overnight, someone had set up the tree, decorated it with lights, tinsel and baubles.’
- ‘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 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.’
- ‘Make Victorian lace baubles by covering light balls with tissue or silver paper and then attaching lace round the middle with PVA glue.’
- 1.1 Something that is superficially attractive but useless or worthless.‘people in quest of honors 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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Too long has your attention been waylaid by the bright baubles of extremist thought.’
2historical A baton formerly used as an emblem by jesters.
- ‘The court fool or jester of medieval and Renaissance Europe carried around a baublea 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.
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