from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Small beads on a necklace, especially ones worn by hippies as a symbol of love and peace.


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  • Love beads are one of the traditional accoutrements of hippies. They consist of one or more long strings of beads, frequently handmade, worn about the neck by both genders. The love bead trend probably evolved from the hippie fascination with non-Western cultures, such as those of India and Native America, which make common use of similar beads.


    January 25, 2008