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spangle

[spang-guh l] /ˈspæŋ gəl/
noun
1.
a small, thin, often circular piece of glittering metal or other material, used especially for decorating garments.
2.
any small, bright drop, object, spot, or the like.
verb (used with object), spangled, spangling.
3.
to decorate with spangles.
4.
to sprinkle or stud with small, bright pieces, objects, spots, etc.
verb (used without object), spangled, spangling.
5.
to glitter with or like spangles.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English spangele (noun), equivalent to spange spangle (perhaps < Middle Dutch) + -le -le
Related forms
spangly, adjective
unspangled, adjective
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  • Clusters of galaxies spangle the cosmos in a remarkably uniform manner.
British Dictionary definitions for spangle

spangle

/ˈspæŋɡəl/
noun
1.
a small thin piece of metal or other shiny material used as a decoration, esp on clothes; sequin
2.
any glittering or shiny spot or object
verb
3.
(intransitive) to glitter or shine with or like spangles
4.
(transitive) to decorate or cover with spangles
Derived Forms
spangly, adjective
Word Origin
C15: diminutive of spange, perhaps from Middle Dutch: clasp; compare Old Norse spöng
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Word Origin and History for spangle
n.

early 15c., diminutive of spang "glittering ornament, spangle," probably from Middle Dutch spange "brooch, clasp," cognate with Old English spang "buckle, clasp," from Proto-Germanic *spango, from an extended form of the root of span (v.).

v.

1540s, from spangle (n.). Related: Spangled; spangling.

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