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[baw-buh l] /ˈbɔ bəl/
a showy, usually cheap, ornament; trinket; gewgaw.
a jester's scepter.
Origin of bauble
1275-1325; Middle English babel, babulle < Old French babel, baubel, derivatives of an expressive base with varying vocalisms; compare Old French baubelet, bibelot
Can be confused
babble, Babel, bauble, bubble. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for bauble


a showy toy or trinket of little value; trifle
a small, usually spherical ornament made of coloured or decorated material which is hung from the branches of a Christmas tree Usual US name Christmas ornament
(formerly) a mock staff of office carried by a court jester
Word Origin
C14: from Old French baubel plaything, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for bauble

"showy trinket or ornament," early 14c., from Old French baubel "child's toy, trinket," probably a reduplication of bel, from Latin bellus "pretty" (see bene-). Or else related to babe, baby.

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