bauble
noun Etymology: Middle English babel, from Middle French Date: 14th century 1. trinket 1 2. a fool's scepter 3. something of trifling appeal

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  • Bauble — Bau ble (b[add] b l), n. [Cf. OF. baubel a child s plaything, F. babiole, It. babbola, LL. baubellum gem, jewel, L. babulus, a baburrus, foolish.] 1. A trifling piece of finery; a gewgaw; that which is gay and showy without real value; a cheap,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bauble — (n.) showy trinket or ornament, early 14c., from O.Fr. baubel child s toy, trinket, probably a reduplication of bel, from L. bellus pretty (see BENE (Cf. bene )). Or else related to babe, baby …   Etymology dictionary

  • bauble — ► NOUN ▪ a small, showy trinket or decoration. ORIGIN Old French baubel child s toy …   English terms dictionary

  • bauble — [bô′bəl] n. [ME babel < OFr baubel, belbel, prob. redupl. of bel < L bellus, pretty] 1. a showy but worthless or useless thing; trinket, trifle, etc. 2. Archaic a jester s baton with an ornament at the end …   English World dictionary

  • bauble — UK [ˈbɔːb(ə)l] / US [ˈbɔb(ə)l] noun [countable] Word forms bauble : singular bauble plural baubles 1) British a shiny coloured ball used as a decoration on a christmas tree 2) a decoration or piece of jewellery that is not expensive …   English dictionary

  • Bauble — A bauble was originally a stick with a weight attached, used in weighing a child s toy, but especially the mock symbol of office carried by a court jester. This was a baton terminating in a figure of Folly with cap and bells, and sometimes having …   Wikipedia

  • Bauble — A jester s rod of office, a *baton carved with an elaborate head with the ears of an ass. [< OldFr. bauble = a child s toy] …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • bauble — [[t]bɔ͟ːb(ə)l[/t]] baubles N COUNT A bauble is a small, cheap ornament or piece of jewellery. Christmas trees are decorated with candles, fairy lights and coloured baubles. Syn: trinket …   English dictionary

  • bauble — /baw beuhl/, n. 1. a showy, usually cheap, ornament; trinket; gewgaw. 2. a jester s scepter. [1275 1325; ME babel, babulle < OF babel, baubel, derivs. of an expressive base with varying vocalisms; cf. OF baubelet, BIBELOT] * * * …   Universalium

  • bauble — noun /ˈbɔːbəl,ˈbɔbəl,ˈbɑbəl/ a) A cheap showy ornament piece of jewellery; a gewgaw. b) A club or sceptre carried by a jester …   Wiktionary

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