• WordNet 3.6
    • n bauble cheap showy jewelry or ornament on clothing
    • n bauble a mock scepter carried by a court jester
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bauble A trifling piece of finery; a gewgaw; that which is gay and showy without real value; a cheap, showy plaything. "The ineffective bauble of an Indian pagod."
    • Bauble The fool's club. "A fool's bauble was a short stick with a head ornamented with an ass's ears fantastically carved upon it."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bauble A child's plaything or toy.
    • n bauble A trifling piece of finery; that which is gay or showy without real value; a gewgaw.
    • n bauble A trifle; a thing of little or no value; a childish or foolish matter or affair.
    • bauble Trifling; insignificant; contemptible.
    • bauble Also spelled bawble.
    • bauble To trifle.
    • n bauble Primarily, a sort of scepter or staff of office, the attribute of Folly personified, carried by the jesters of kings and great lords in the middle ages, and down to the seventeenth century. It is generally represented as crowned with the head of a fool or zany, wearing a party-colored hood with asses' ears, and with a ring of little bells, like sleigh-bells. At the other end there was sometimes a ball or bladder inflated with air, with which to belabor people. Also spelled bawble.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bauble baw′bl a trifling piece of finery: a child's plaything: a stick surmounted by a head with ass's ears, and forming the mock emblem of the court-jester: a piece of childish foolery:
    • n Bauble baw′bl (Shak.) a foolish person
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  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Talent for talent's sake is a bauble and a show. Talent working with joy in the cause of universal truth lifts the possessor to new power as a benefactor.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. OF. baubel, a child's plaything, F. babiole, It. babbola, LL. baubellum, gem, jewel, L. babulus, a baburrus, foolish
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. babel, prob. from the root seen in L. babulus, a babbler.


In literature:

It would look like any other plastic bauble when he finished.
"The Electronic Mind Reader" by John Blaine
No mere lover's fleeting bauble, but life's very greatest work!
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
Their ears and necks are loaded with trinkets and baubles, and most of them wear a large patch on each temple.
"A Historical Survey of the Customs, Habits, & Present State of the Gypsies" by John Hoyland
Baubles of stone when he thirsted!
"The Web of the Golden Spider" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
Makes the temporary incumbent of the bauble nervous, makes him jealous.
"Secret Memoirs: The Story of Louise, Crown Princess" by Henry W. Fischer
I am a mere bauble, a plaything for his leisure.
"Literary Tours in The Highlands and Islands of Scotland" by Daniel Turner Holmes
We dangle baubles before our children and poison the fresh, pure fount of humanity.
"Cleo The Magnificent" by Louis Zangwill
And my niece Esther is as fond of baubles as I am.
"The Prisoner" by Alice Brown
And the worst of it is, if they ever do recall it, you are worse off than when before they extended the brittle bauble to you.
"Nan of Music Mountain" by Frank H. Spearman
These idle baubles, lady, keep.
"Punch, or, the London Charivari, Volume 98, March 8, 1890." by Various
To send a jewelled bauble and ask for the silken scarf was a less harmful thing for the messengers.
"The Flute of the Gods" by Marah Ellis Ryan
What phantasm of any standing at all would be attracted by such baubles?
"Byways of Ghost-Land" by Elliott O'Donnell
Day by day he gives up chances for ultimate success for the baubles of immediate ease.
"How to Analyze People on Sight" by Elsie Lincoln Benedict and Ralph Paine Benedict
He carried always a bauble, or short staff, bearing a grotesque head, sometimes the counterpart of his own.
"The Scrap Book, Volume 1, No. 5" by Various
But I'll not have his baubles on your neck, nor antlers on my own head.
"Shadows of Flames" by Amelie Rives
These are toys and baubles to you, Mr. Lindsay, but they are still worth the seeking.
"Horse-Shoe Robinson" by John Pendleton Kennedy
I went to her myself, and then I gave two hundred and fifty pounds for that bauble.
"Ayala's Angel" by Anthony Trollope
What though the bauble was but bristol-board, its jeweled chasing but tinsel and paste?
"The Valiants of Virginia" by Hallie Erminie Rives
These baubles and I must be forgotten together, whether I die here at sea, or survive until we reach Jamaica.
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland" by Various
He wears as head dress, a cap adorned with small bells, a mask in one hand, and on the other a bauble, the symbol of folly.
"Heathen Mythology" by Various

In poetry:

Song is no bauble—
Slight not the songsmith,
England my mother,
Maker of men.
"England My Mother" by William Watson
And do his bauble-bells beyond the clouds
Ring out, and shake with mirth the planets bright?
No doubt he brings the blessed dead good cheer,
But silence broods on Elsinore tonight.
"Epitaphs For Two Players" by Vachel Lindsay
Even could the hand of avarice save
Its gilded baubles till the grave
Reclaimed its prey,
Let none on such poor hopes rely;
Life, like an empty dream, flits by,
And where are they?
"Coplas De Manrique (From The Spanish)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
What though of gilded baubles he bereaves us,
Dear to the heart of youth, to manhood's prime;
Think of the calm he brings, the wealth he leaves us,
The hoarded spoils, the legacies of time!
"The Iron Gate" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Jewels are baubles; 't is a sin
To care for such unfruitful things;—
One good-sized diamond in a pin,—
Some, not so large, in rings,—
A ruby, and a pearl, or so,
Will do for me;—I laugh at show.
"Contentment" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Oh what to me is Glory, what is Power, what is Pride!
I care not for this bauble with my loved one at my side.
I want no other beauty than the beauty of her face,
What brighter vision is there than her comeliness and grace!
"My Beauty's Home" by Lennox Amott

In news:

N ibble the life of leisure at the Asia Society, where culture, bauble-boutiquing, and lunch converge.
Every year, I'm tempted by the aisles of Christmas baubles.
A few years ago, my husband, Norman, and I noticed that our kids, Isaac, now age 12, Charlie, 10, and Julia, 7, seemed to feel entitled to whatever new bauble they desired.
Luxe fabrics and lots of gilt infuse the season's bags, shoes, and baubles with a Renaissance spirit.
Here's where to find baubles from six of our favorite indie jewelry designers.
Take your outfit to the next level with these beautiful baubles.
Pajamas, Baubles, and Christmas Songs.
Billionaires are different from you and me, for obvious reasons, including the fact that they buy much pricier baubles than we do.
Of all the baubles that can be bought by billionaires, none are more intoxicating than a big time sports franchise.
Pick your baubles, select a rental period and it arrives at your door as soon as a few days before an event.
With Lady Gaga around and consumers pinching pennies, there's no longer any excuse or need for a band that specializes in danceable baubles to play small-ball.
For jewelry firms, entertainment awards season is priceless advertising — if their baubles are worn.
Before you lunch with a girlfriend on Geneva's 3rd Street, stop here to buy her an inexpensive but dazzling bauble.
To him, toys mean a lot more than a simple child's bauble or a collector's treasure.
Jaymi Schemansky stuffed clear and light-green baubles into a tree Thursday.

In science:

There is no physical space over and above the spatial relations that make up the forms of all beasts and baubles in the physical world.
Quantum Mechanics and the Cookie Cutter Paradigm