This page is about the slang term bling

American English


flashy jewellery worn to create the impression of wealth

For example

  • Check out all the bling around that guy's neck. It must weigh a ton!

  • Most people have gold bling or silver bling, but they don't usually mix it up.

"bling-bling" means the same thing

Origin: Originally used in U.S. hip-hop and rap culture, and possibly derived from the sound of heavy necklaces hitting one another.


This is typically used in American English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz

If someone wears a lot of bling, they want to

a. look rich

b. smell good

c. feel warm

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Contributor: Matt Errey