Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A small, often circular piece of sparkling metal or plastic sewn especially on garments for decoration.
  • noun A small sparkling object, drop, or spot.
  • intransitive verb To adorn or cause to sparkle by covering with or as if with spangles.
  • intransitive verb To sparkle in the manner of spangles.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One of many small, somewhat triangular spots on the wing of a pigeon or fowl.
  • noun A small piece of glittering material, such as metal foil; hence, any small sparkling object.
  • noun One of the small metal clasps used in fastening the tapes and wires of a hoop-skirt.
  • noun A spongy excrescence on the oak. See oakspangle.
  • To set or cover with many small bright objects or points; especially, to decorate with spangles. as a garment.
  • To glitter; glisten, like anything set with spangles.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To show brilliant spots or points; to glisten; to glitter.
  • noun A small plate or boss of shining metal; something brilliant used as an ornament, especially when stitched on the dress.
  • noun Figuratively, any little thing that sparkless.
  • noun See under Oak.
  • transitive verb To set or sprinkle with, or as with, spangles; to adorn with small, distinct, brilliant bodies.
  • transitive verb (Zoöl.) a tropical humming bird (Lophornis reginæ). See Coquette, 2.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A small piece of sparkling metallic material sewn on to a garment as decoration; a sequin.
  • noun Any small sparkling object.
  • verb intransitive To sparkle, flash or coruscate.
  • verb transitive To fix spangles to a garment.

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

  • verb glitter as if covered with spangles
  • verb decorate with spangles
  • noun adornment consisting of a small piece of shiny material used to decorate clothing

Etymologies

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

[Middle English spangel, diminutive of spange, from Middle Dutch, clasp; see (s)pen- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

Examples

  • The beautifully-lit Beliebers were the real stars of Bieber's show, but Katy Perry makes you actually believe in the ridiculous transformative spangle of pop music all over again.

    Justin Bieber; Katy Perry – review

  • The Copper Beeches and Aspens spangle goldenly against the steel-blue sky.

    Rodeo Days

  • The Copper Beeches and Aspens spangle goldenly against the steel-blue sky.

    Rodeo Days

  • On a dark night, you can usually spot AE hanging out on the northwestern perimeter of a spangle of stars about two finger-widths east of Iota Aurigae.

    Weekend SkyWatcher's Forecast: February 5-7, 2010 | Universe Today

  • The silvery leaves of the eucalyptus trees spangle like tinsel.

    The Lady Matador’s Hotel

  • Readers have taken me to task since my last Country Diary on the pools that spangle the high ridges like glittering sequins.

    Country diary: Lake District

  • Remember when I was a disco dangle with a spangle sweating in my sticky pocket caning pop and disco dangle darling watching you?

    Bone Dust Disco

  • Every person on the bus stared downward now into the mirror of the lake, as they crossed above it, and saw the spangle of their own lighted passing.

    Songs of Love & Death

  • Every person on the bus stared downward now into the mirror of the lake, as they crossed above it, and saw the spangle of their own lighted passing.

    Songs of Love & Death

  • Every person on the bus stared downward now into the mirror of the lake, as they crossed above it, and saw the spangle of their own lighted passing.

    Songs of Love & Death

Comments

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  • And at any moment, of course, a turn of the kaleidoscope might suddenly toss a bright spangle into the grey pattern of one's days.

    - Edith Wharton, The Reef

    June 18, 2008

  • ...his vivid aspect, when seen gliding at high noon through a dark blue sea, leaving a milky-way wake of creamy foam, all spangled with golden gleamings.

    - Melville, Moby-Dick, ch. 41

    July 25, 2008

  • This word strikes me as totally absurd.

    January 13, 2009

  • Whichbe, why do you hate freedom?

    January 13, 2009

  • It's a very... mardi gras word. Brings to mind tight-fitting costumes, drag queens, glitter and sequins.

    I kind of like it.

    January 13, 2009

  • My first association with this word is the National Anthem of the United States of America (I'm a Baltimore boy, after all), hence my question to Whichbe: Why do you hate freedom?

    January 13, 2009

  • Well, stars and banners were my second thought.

    Also, WeirdNet has odd priorites - has anyone here ever used the verb "to spangle"?

    January 14, 2009

  • Now that you mention it, I'm all for spangling it up and reviving it.

    January 14, 2009

  • Pleth, in the phrase "star-spangled banner", "spangled" is a form (participle) of the verb "to spangle". But of course you know that. One could argue that this represents a use of the verb.

    January 14, 2009

  • pleth, I've never seen it except as rolig mentions. It would be cool to describe something as e.g. "spangling in the sunlight", though.

    January 15, 2009