ear·​lobe ˈir-ˌlōb How to pronounce earlobe (audio)
: the pendent part of the ear of humans or some domestic chickens

Examples of earlobe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to the student handbook, male students’ hair cannot extend past the eyebrows or earlobes. Char Adams, NBC News, 22 Feb. 2024 The final step consisted of more extensive prosthetics — for the top of the head, forehead, eyelids, nose, lips and chin, cheeks, neck, back of the neck, shoulders, earlobes, hands and arms. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 8 Feb. 2024 Scarring was practiced by Indigenous Australians, tribes in Africa and Asia stretched their necks, earlobes and lips, and a sect of Hindus still practice skin piercing and suspension rituals at religious festivals. Parizaad Khan Sethi, Allure, 24 Aug. 2023 In addition, the Barbers Hill Independent School District superintendent said other Black students have received religious exemptions from the school’s dress code, which allows braids, locs, and twists but requires boys’ hair not to extend past their eyebrows or earlobes. Melissa Noel, Essence, 24 Jan. 2024 The robots themselves are also interesting designs, ranging from faceless automatons to more humanoid androids with whirring gears in place of earlobes. Christian Holub, EW.com, 27 Sep. 2023 According to the district dress code, boys may not wear long hair and must keep it shorter than their eyebrows and earlobes. Kim Bellware, Washington Post, 13 Sep. 2023 For eight years, Raymond has been adding her touch of jewels and precious stones to the necks and earlobes of the aesthetically driven. Isiah Magsino, Town & Country, 27 July 2023 Into the ’60s, chin, cheeks, neck and earlobe prosthetics were added. Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1785, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of earlobe was circa 1785

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“Earlobe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/earlobe. Accessed 29 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


ear·​lobe ˈi(ə)r-ˌlōb How to pronounce earlobe (audio)
: a part hanging down from the ear of human beings and some domestic chickens

Medical Definition


ear·​lobe ˈi(ə)r-ˌlōb How to pronounce earlobe (audio)
: the pendent part of the ear especially of humans

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