- a small piece of bright metal, esp. any of a number of these sewn on fabric for decoration
- any small, bright object that glitters
Origin of spangleMiddle English spangel, diminutive of spang, a buckle, clasp from OE, akin to German spange: for Indo-European base see span
transitive verb-·gled, -·gling
- A small, often circular piece of sparkling metal or plastic sewn especially on garments for decoration.
- A small sparkling object, drop, or spot: spangles of sunlight.
verbspan·gled, span·gling, span·gles
Origin of spangleMiddle English spangel diminutive of spange from Middle Dutch clasp ; see (s)pen- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present spangles, present participle spangling, simple past and past participle spangled)
From Middle English spangel (“a small piece of ornamental metal; a small ornament")