spangle

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

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

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

spangle (plural spangles)

  1. A small piece of sparkling metallic material sewn on to a garment as decoration; a sequin.
  2. Any small sparkling object.
    • Waller
      the rich spangles that adorn the sky

VerbEdit

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?

See alsoEdit

Last modified on 17 April 2014, at 23:37