ear·​lobe | \ ˈir-ˌlōb How to pronounce earlobe (audio) \

Definition of earlobe

: the pendent part of the ear of humans or some domestic chickens

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One cause is wear and tear on your earlobes from years talking on the phone with your earrings stretching out the holes from the pressure of the headset. Ellen Warren, chicagotribune.com, "How to use a scarf to hide your bad hair day," 19 June 2019 From Mendocino down to Cazadero and radiating out all around the Bay, there are festivals galore that will keep classical music fans up to their earlobes in events that cater to their special tastes. Georgia Rowe, The Mercury News, "It’s a humdinger of a summer for SF Bay Area classical music fans," 20 June 2019 The Gala co-chair sported a single pearl earring in his earlobe, and his fingers were adorned with an array of rings, including a gold H and S for his initials. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Harry Styles Wears Gucci Sheer Blouse at the Met Gala 2019," 6 May 2019 In Mulroney’s world, every bare arm and empty earlobe are opportunities. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jessica Mulroney Is the Real Fashion Royalty," 7 Mar. 2019 If calling your friend’s name and shaking their shoulders doesn’t work, Stoner suggests rubbing their sternum (breastbone) with your knuckles or pinching their earlobe. Natasha Lavender, SELF, "What to Do if Your Friend Is Passed Out Drunk," 26 Feb. 2019 After ripping her earlobe in the middle of a show, Beyoncé carried on like a superhuman. Maria Yagoda, PEOPLE.com, "The 16 Most Beyoncé Things That Have Ever Happened," 18 June 2018 On Wednesday, in a few tweets of her own, Zolciak-Biermann gave a little insight into the process of getting earlobe fillers. Andrea Park, Allure, "Kim Zolciak-Biermann Gets Hyaluronic Acid Fillers in Her Earlobes Because She Loves Heavy Earrings So Much," 2 May 2018 Whether the bottom of your earlobes stick to the side of your face or hang free is the result of one gene. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Genetics has learned a ton — mostly about white people. That’s a problem.," 27 Oct. 2018

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circa 1785, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of earlobe was circa 1785

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English Language Learners Definition of earlobe

: the soft part of the ear that hangs down from the bottom


ear·​lobe | \ ˈi(ə)r-ˌlōb How to pronounce earlobe (audio) \

Medical Definition of earlobe

: the pendent part of the ear especially of humans

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