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[bang-guh l] /ˈbæŋ gəl/
a rigid, ring-shaped bracelet usually made without a clasp so as to slip over the hand, but sometimes having a hinged opening and a clasp.
Origin of bangle
1780-90; < Hindi banglī, variant of bangrī glass ring, armlet
Related forms
bangled, adjective
unbangled, adjective Unabridged
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  • At last, in evil moment, the most angelic, sylph-like form came all too near our friend who wore the bangle.

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  • Mahmat took the bangle eagerly and hid it in the folds of his waist-cloth.

    Almayer's Folly Joseph Conrad
  • "But here's a bangle," I said, slipping my one bit of jewellery off my arm.

    Secret History Revealed By Lady Peggy O'Malley C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  • When the bangle was handed in to her she seized it, but not very graciously.

  • She found it impossible to speak, with that burning grasp on the wrist where the bangle had been.

    The Glimpses of the Moon Edith Wharton
  • But first the sergeant in command of the squad removed the bangle from his wrist.

    Local Color Irvin S. Cobb
  • Mark shook his head, but the little fellow thrust the bangle into his hand and looked at him enquiringly.

    Dead Man's Land George Manville Fenn
  • It was told me after I had restored the bangle you so nearly lost.

    A Cabinet Secret Guy Boothby
British Dictionary definitions for bangle


a bracelet, usually without a clasp, often worn high up round the arm or sometimes round the ankle
a disc or charm hanging from a bracelet, necklace, etc
Word Origin
C19: from Hindi bangrī
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Word Origin and History for bangle

"ring-shaped bracelet," 1787, from Hindi bangri "colored glass bracelet or anklet."

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