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Tuesday, April 7

Fandangle

[fan-DAYN-ɡəl]

Part of speech: noun

Origin: Unknown, 19th century

1.

A useless or purely ornamental thing.

Examples of Fandangle in a sentence

"I couldn’t resist buying the little fandangle at the beachside souvenir store."

"Her wedding dress was covered in bows and lace and fandangles."

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About Fandangle

There’s not much use for this object, but it sure is pretty. Maybe you have a cabinet full of knick-knacks, or your bed is covered with ornamental pillows. Anything with purely decorative potential, but no real use — that’s a fandangle.

Did you Know?

Fandangle can’t be traced back to a specific root language, but it’s safe to assume it’s related to fandango. This is the name for a lively Spanish dance accompanied by a tambourine, or the name for an elaborate process or activity. Fandangle came about in the 19th century, likely as an alteration of the second definition of fandango.

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