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From Middle English bable, babel, babull, babulle, from Old French babel, baubel (trinket, child's toy), most likely a reduplication of bel, ultimately from Latin bellus (pretty).

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bauble (plural baubles)

  1. A cheap showy ornament piece of jewellery; a gewgaw.
  2. (figuratively, by extension) Anything trivial and worthless.
    • 1841, The New Monthly Magazine and Humorist (page 186)
      His hind quarters were likewise short, and not racinglike, and taken as a specimen of the horse, he was a mere bauble when looked at by the side of an English race-horse, much less a hunter.
  3. A small shiny spherical decoration, commonly put on Christmas trees.
  4. A club or sceptre carried by a jester.

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