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Pronunciation: BAU-ble

Definition: a showy, usually cheap, ornament or trinket. Otherwise can also relate to a babe or a baby.


This great noun dates back to the early 14th century and originates from the Old French bauble meaning ‘a child’s toy’. As pertaining to children, morphologists believe this word came about by the reduplication of the Latin ‘bel’ meaning ‘pertty’ (in the same way that the word mama came about).

Why this word?

Childish notions are smeared all over this fun noun, and not only in the creation of the word. Little children have the best intentions, but for being children, these intentions usually result in small disasters; such cleaning the table with a cake-full napkin or feeding the dog with their favorite cereal… Same thing works here. This is a great word for great intentions of being more beautiful that result in a look that is cheap or cheesy…

Personally I also love the fact that this word sounds like “bubble” but is spelled differently and has absolutely nothing to do with it.

How to use bauble?     

Bauble is a noun of cheap and ugly jewelry.

Kate is so naturally beautiful, but sometimes she just tries too hard… Her bauble necklace is completely detached from the dress she is wearing and the look she wanted to create“.

The bauble paintings on their walls create too much of a simple style compared to their high-end furniture“.


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Written by Victoria Sheinkin

Victoria Sheinkin is a writer, content editor, translator and chief editor for Speaking three and a half languages, she holds two BAs from the Tel Aviv university- Communication and jounalism, English literature and linguistics.


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