Definitions

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  • n. Variant of bling bling.
  • n. Ostentatious display of richness or style.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. flashy, ostentatious jewelry

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Examples

  • These dress-code offenders wear baggy pants, du-rags, flash their \ "bling bling\" like gold chains, and \ "decorative orthodontic appliances\" like gold teeth, and tattoos, bringing too much of black urban ghetto life to an elite college that fashions itself as the paragon of black manhood.

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  • * bling bling* how do u make the chain photo frames at the bottom? so nice!

    Giddy Tigers

  • (In fact, its around that time the term bling was born.) "It was about creating a signature," according to Memsor Kamarake, fashion director of Vibe magazine.

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  • I have to admit that the woman with the 'bling' is actually from Guatemala, Santiago Atitlan on the shores of Lake Atitlan.

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  • Was the dress, with strategically placed holes that revealed what Ciara called "a little skin bling" — aka sparkly body lotion — from Lord & Taylor?

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  • Inside, the vehicle is the ultimate in bling-chic, with electric curtains, massaging seats, plasma TVs, racks for glasses, decanters and – most importantly of all – a safe in which real estate or coal mining barons can store the sky-scraping piles of banknotes that drive their ­businesses.

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  • Momon told jurors he initially tried to cover his tracks—burning between $30,000 and $60,000 in cash in a "turkey fryer" in his suburban Washington home, and filing down the engravings on jewelry he called "bling," that he said he tossed into the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers.

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  • Jennifer Meyer's bling is a favorite of Hollywood's finest, and now her Star necklace, which benefits Stand Up to Cancer, is hanging from the necks of Jennifer Aniston and Meryl Streep.

    Fashion Forward: Blanchett is bright in Armani's Black Lace makeup

  • The Christmas bling is over here now Naval Warfare Britain which I'm sure you will all agree is a very important category of a sub-category of a sub-sub category indeed.

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  • After X3 & Wolvie, when I think of Hugh Jackman & FOX, I think of them as the parents who have iPhones & use the word bling bling around their kids trying to impress them with their so called "acute" knowledge of whats hip.. only inciting absolute embarrassment at the mere attempt instead.

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  • This word needs to die. It particularly offends me when my very white, very uncool mother uses the word.

    January 16, 2012

  • Searching for bling along with words related to jewelry in Google Books suggests that it appeared around 1999.

    September 24, 2011

  • Google Books’ premature presbyopia render it useless for finding early citations of this particular word. I am nonetheless cheered to be reminded of H.G. Wells’ classic story, “The Country of the Bling”:

            http://books.google.com/books?id=sok7HQAACAAJ

    September 24, 2011

  • Then there's warbling which is what Daddy Warbucks does over his ill-gotten gains.

    Annie: 'What's that noise?'

    'Oh, that's just Daddy Warbucks warbling over his warbling.'

    February 3, 2008

  • It's baby talk!!

    February 3, 2008

  • I think it's a useful word. I saw a reference to 'pirate bling' in the window a costume shop the other day and I immediately knew what they were talking about. Much more so than if they had written 'pirate accessories'.

    November 23, 2007

  • I could have made the same slip. (Is it sad that I don't even find anything sad about the slip? =P)

    November 15, 2007

  • I used to use it in reference to classic video games and the sounds they made, before the word took on the current definition. Actually I used the phrase bling bling, which was just a weird coincidence I guess.

    Also, I first mistyped "reference" as "reverence," which is a sad but true Freudian slip. :-P

    November 1, 2007

  • A veritable pox upon society; both this word and that which it defines. Representative of everything that is awful about gaudy, materialistic, thoughtless celebrity culture.

    Sadly it could be a rather pretty word in and of itself if it didn't have the connotations it does; it could be a sea-bird or a kind of knot. Is anyone out there willing to help reclaim "bling"?

    November 1, 2007