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


a small thin piece of metal or other shiny material used as a decoration, esp on clothes; sequin
any glittering or shiny spot or object
(intransitive) to glitter or shine with or like spangles
(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 spangled



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.).


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

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