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bauble

Noun

1 a mock scepter carried by a court jester
2 cheap showy jewelry or ornament on clothing [syn: bangle, gaud, gewgaw, novelty, fallal, trinket]

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English

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. A cheap showy ornament piece of jewellery; a gewgaw.
  2. A club or sceptre carried by a jester.
  3. A small shiny spherical decoration, commonly put on Christmas trees.

Translations

Extensive Definition

A bauble was originally a stick with a weight attached, used in weighing a child's toy, but especially the mock symbol of office carried by a court jester. This was a baton terminating in a figure of Folly with cap and bells, and sometimes having a bladder fastened to the other end. Subsequently it became a term for any triviality or childish folly.
More recently the term means a virtually worthless decorative object. It has particular application to a Christmas ornament.

References

bauble in German: Christbaumschmuck
bauble in French: Boule de Noël
bauble in Dutch: Kerstbal

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

a continental, a curse, a damn, a darn, a hoot, agate, bagatelle, ball, baseball bat, bat, battledore, bean, bibelot, bit, blocks, brass farthing, bric-a-brac, button, cent, checkerboard, chessboard, club, cockhorse, cricket bat, cue, curio, dido, doll, doll carriage, farce, farthing, feather, fig, fleabite, folderol, fribble, frippery, gaud, gewgaw, gimcrack, golf club, hair, halfpenny, hill of beans, hobbyhorse, jack-in-the-box, jacks, jackstones, jackstraws, jest, joke, kickshaw, knack, knickknack, knickknackery, marble, marionette, mig, minikin, mockery, molehill, novelty, ornament, paper doll, peppercorn, picayune, pick-up sticks, pin, pinch of snuff, pinprick, pinwheel, plaything, puppet, racket, rag doll, rap, red cent, rocking horse, row of pins, rush, shit, snap, sneeshing, sou, sport, steelie, straw, taw, teetotum, top, toy, toy soldier, trifle, trinket, triviality, tuppence, two cents, twopence, whatnot, whim-wham
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