body piercing


: the practice or an instance of adorning the body with jewelry or ornamentation that penetrates the flesh

Examples of body piercing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Goths, horror fans, witchcraft enthusiasts, the Purgatory crowd and anyone else in the market for a new skull or can check out the first Charlotte Oddities and Curiosities Expo, featuring shopping, taxidermy classes, sideshow performances, body piercing and live human suspension. Courtney Devores, Charlotte Observer, 30 Jan. 2024 A little digging confirms that this is the first time Lovato has subtly flashed the body piercing. Megan Decker,, 23 Feb. 2021 The pandemic was brutal for body piercing businesses, with sales plunging nationally from $755 million in 2019 to $487 million a year later when government mandates shut down stores. Lucy Ladis, Dallas News, 5 May 2023 So will the body piercing, the scarification, the branding, the transdermal and subdermal implants, the ear pointing, the teeth pointing, the tongue splitting, and any other body modifications that are for cosmetic purposes and not deemed medically necessary. Olivia Evans, The Courier-Journal, 30 Dec. 2022 Bark’s thinking about a body piercing. Lionel Atwell, Field & Stream, 26 Nov. 2020 The most important step to remember before a body piercing appointment is to eat and drink water. Leah Campano, Seventeen, 3 Feb. 2023 Soon enough, Instagram offered up a profile: a body piercing business near Witherspoon’s Landover home. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, 12 Jan. 2023 The Aurora City Council is set to vote on changes to the ordinance regulating tattoo parlors and body piercing in the city. Steve Lord, Chicago Tribune, 4 Jan. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1976, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of body piercing was in 1976

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“Body piercing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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