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1. A small, often circular piece of sparkling metal or plastic sewn especially on garments for decoration.
2. A small sparkling object, drop, or spot: spangles of sunlight.
v. span·gled, span·gling, span·gles
To adorn or cause to sparkle by covering with or as if with spangles: Lights spangled the night skyline.
To sparkle in the manner of spangles.

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

span′gly adj.


covered with small shiny objects
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.spangled - covered with beads or jewels or sequinsspangled - covered with beads or jewels or sequins
adorned, decorated - provided with something intended to increase its beauty or distinction


[ˈspæŋgəld] adjpailleté(e)
spangled with
a dark night sky spangled with stars → une nuit sombre constellée d'étoiles
References in classic literature ?
It was a beautiful, bounteous, blue day; the spangled sea calm and cool, and flatly stretching away, all round, to the horizon, like gold-beater's skin hammered out to the extremest.
As we advanced and left the track, we trod a soft turf, mossy fine and emerald green, minutely enamelled with a tiny white flower, and spangled with a star-like yellow blossom: the hills, meantime, shut us quite in; for the glen, towards its head, wound to their very core.
And as we drove by I could see the green grass under the trees spangled with the fallen petals.
Higher up, each wall contained a circular window of coloured glass; and over all was an arched roof, that seemed to be spangled all over with jewels.
Then her friend the bird flew out of the tree, and brought a gold and silver dress for her, and slippers of spangled silk; and she put them on, and followed her sisters to the feast.
The afternoon was drawing to an end, and here and there a lighted pane spangled the cold gray dusk and made the snow look whiter.
Smallweed the younger that the two kneaded into one would hardly make a young person of average proportions, while she so happily exemplifies the before-mentioned family likeness to the monkey tribe that attired in a spangled robe and cap she might walk about the table-land on the top of a barrel- organ without exciting much remark as an unusual specimen.
Jupiter was clad in a coat of mail, covered with black velvet, with gilt nails; and had it not been for the rouge, and the huge red beard, each of which covered one-half of his face,--had it not been for the roll of gilded cardboard, spangled, and all bristling with strips of tinsel, which he held in his hand, and in which the eyes of the initiated easily recognized thunderbolts,--had not his feet been flesh-colored, and banded with ribbons in Greek fashion, he might have borne comparison, so far as the severity of his mien was concerned, with a Breton archer from the guard of Monsieur de Berry.
The large blazing stars which spangled the African sky glittered and gleamed without illuminating anything.
They were still surrounded by the magic plain bathed in moonlight and spangled with stars.
They played the National air called "The Oz Spangled Banner," and behind them were the standard bearers with the Royal flag.
they used to gather the seeds of the California poppy and scatter them over their own acres, so that the orange-colored blossoms spangled the fields of mountain hay and prospered in flaming drifts in the fence corners and along the edges of the clearings.