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



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, in 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.



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.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Shakespeare
      What stars do spangle heaven with such beauty?