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Bauble Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    bauble n
  1. a mock scepter carried by a court jester
  2. cheap showy jewelry or ornament on clothing [syn: bangle, gaud, gewgaw, novelty, fallal, trinket]
Bauble Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Bauble \Bau"ble\, n. [Cf. OF. baubel a child's plaything, F. babiole, It. babbola, LL. baubellum gem, jewel, L. babulus, a baburrus, foolish.]
  1. 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. --Sheridan.
  2. The fool's club. [Obs.] ``A fool's bauble was a short stick with a head ornamented with an ass's ears fantastically carved upon it.'' --Nares.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Bauble'


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 fool's bauble 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 anything trivial or childishly folly.

More recently the term means a virtually worthless decorative object.

As an indicator of folly or madness, the fool's bauble has been used notably in several works of art such as the 18th century examples L'Amour Conduit Par La Folie, by Michel Honoré Bounieu and La Folie pare la Decrepitude des ajustemens de la Jeunesse, by Louis Surugue.

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  • Kate Hudson Wears Sparkler on That Finger, But It Isn't Her Engagement Ring From Matthew Bellamy
    Kate Hudson is wearing quite the impressive ring on that finger, but it isn't her engagement bauble from fiancé Matthew Bellamy. The actress looked radiant as she celebrated the... Read more on this news related to 'Bauble'
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