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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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  • The coral set belongs to Elsie, and is presented by her godmother, and this bangled set is mine.

    Miss Dexie Stanford Eveleth
  • The silken frou-frou of their skirts and the tinkling of their bangled bracelets broke the stillness.

    Their Son; The Necklace Eduardo Zamacois
  • A woman, veiled and bangled, climbed aboard just then, and I understood.

    The Ship Dwellers Albert Bigelow Paine
British Dictionary definitions for bangled


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 bangled



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

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