spangle

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English spangel ‎(a small piece of ornamental metal; a small ornament)

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

spangle ‎(plural spangles)

  1. A small piece of sparkling metallic material sewn on to a garment as decoration; a sequin.
    • 1959, Georgette Heyer, chapter 1, The Unknown Ajax:
      And no use for anyone to tell Charles that this was because the Family was in mourning for Mr Granville Darracott […]: Charles might only have been second footman at Darracott Place for a couple of months when that disaster occurred, but no one could gammon him into thinking that my lord cared a spangle for his heir.
  2. Any small sparkling object.

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Verb[edit]

spangle ‎(third-person singular simple present spangles, present participle spangling, simple past and past participle spangled)

  1. (intransitive) To sparkle, flash or coruscate.
  2. (transitive) To fix spangles to; to adorn with small, brilliant bodies.
    • Shakespeare
      What stars do spangle heaven with such beauty?

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