Definition of spangle in English:



  • 1A small thin piece of glittering material, typically used in quantity to ornament a dress; a sequin.

    • ‘You will need two tissues: one to wipe your eyes, and one to mop up the spangle.’
    • ‘And the costumes: They can't have too many spangles.’
    • ‘The old boys, who fought for King and far distant country in World War Two, drink their lager beside gay Mardi Gras revellers decked out in more feathers and spangles than you could shake a stick at.’
    • ‘Tall of body, long of leg, blonde of hair, heavy of spangles, she stepped right out with a megawatt grin and a snappy prance.’
    • ‘A galaxy of spangles and silver coins glitters across each back.’
    • ‘Still, it is now more than 20 years since Abba hung up their spangles.’
    • ‘Dignity is overrated, especially when surrounded by so much spangle and sequin.’
    ornament, trinket, bauble, knick-knack, gimcrack, spangle, doodah, gewgaw, folderol, fandangle
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    1. 1.1A small sparkling object; a spot of bright color or light.
      • ‘He turned the image, held it six inches from my face while I examined the spangle of reflected light.’


  • Cover with spangles or other small sparkling objects.

    ‘a spangled Christmas doll’
    • ‘The cape and gloves were spangled with purple glitter, as were his jester shoes and the headband of his hat, both of which had sparkling amethysts dangling from their ends instead of the usual bells.’
    • ‘His compendious book ranges from dry speculation on geology to exquisite description of flora, spangled with remarkably apt epigrams.’
    • ‘You know the story, we all know the story of Dorothy, the Kansas farm girl with the spangling red slippers, who is transported to Oz in a whirling, spiralling tornado, here depicted by the spinning of the farmhouse.’
    • ‘Her gown was black, spangled with diamonds, giving it the appearance of the sky on a clear night.’
    • ‘People sitting in the big top were in trances, distracted by the cracking of peanut hulls and dazzled by spangled spandex wardrobes.’
    • ‘The moonlit night was cool, almost chill, clear, spangled with stars, and no longer soaked with rain.’
    • ‘That future may seem bleak if you don't look good in spangled bustiers and hot pants.’
    shine, sparkle, twinkle, glint, gleam, shimmer, glimmer, flicker, blink, wink, catch the light, flash, spangle
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Late Middle English: diminutive from obsolete spang glittering ornament from Middle Dutch spange buckle.