Learning English

Word: Bauble

Bauble (Noun)

Sentence with Context:

The Dhaka Lit Fest is both an expression of many of these contradictions and an attempt to face up to them. In a still-developing nation, a literary festival may seem like a luxury, a bauble for the literate middle classes. Yet it’s a kind of event more significant to a country such as Bangladesh than it would be to Britain or France.

Source: www.theguardian.com

Wired magazine has shared the “science of decorating the perfect Christmas tree”, including the ideal bauble ratio: about 6.2 baubles to each foot (30.4cm) of tree. Smaller trees will need fewer. About 100 fairy lights to one foot of tree is said to be “a very standard rule in the Christmas tree industry”.

Source: www.theguardian.com

Meaning: A small, showy trinket or decoration; Something that is superficially attractive but useless or worthless

Synonyms

Trinket, Ornament, Toy, Gimmick. Plaything, Trifle, Bagatelle

Antonyms

Valuable, Possession, Acquisition, Ornament, Decoration, Jewel

Mnemonic (Memory Aid): How To Remember?

Bauble” sounds a lot like “Bubble” – looks cool but has no real value and all it requires to go bust is a prick! Just like a bubble is something that is only superficially attractive but has nothing substantial inside it, a bauble too is just a gimmick without much value.

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