ear·​ring | \ ˈir-(ˌ)iŋ How to pronounce earring (audio) , -ˌriŋ\

Definition of earring

: an ornament for the ear and especially the earlobe

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The fakes aren’t flawless—the software doesn’t know the rules of human anatomy and struggles with backgrounds and earrings. Tom Simonite, WIRED, "Artificial Intelligence Is Coming for Our Faces," 24 June 2019 The style is stunning at every angle, but the attention to detail takes it from good to jaw-dropping, with Bell's white tuxedo blazer and pearl droplet earrings framed by purposefully wispy blonde strands of hair. Megan Decker, refinery29.com, "Kristen Bell Just Showed Us The Cutest Way To Style A Summer Bob," 20 June 2019 What’s your earring collection looking like these days, Queen? Dominique Hobdy, Essence, "These 11 Wooden Earrings Are An Absolute Necessity," 19 June 2019 Business services Asia Rivers: 25% off biz credit services, 50% off personal credit service, childcare services (BOGO up to 1 month free), books, t-shirts and earrings 50% off Career Matchmakerz: Resume modification $99 (Reg. Quintez Brown, The Courier-Journal, "Celebrate Juneteenth by supporting these black-owned businesses in Louisville," 18 June 2019 Colorful bracelets and earrings were also on display, and workers explained the artwork to curious onlookers. Serena O'sullivan, azcentral, "Phoenix community comes together to celebrate Juneteenth and build friendships," 16 June 2019 How to clean gold Give solid gold bracelets, chains and earrings a gentle bath in a solution of a few drops of dish soap and a little warm water. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean Your Jewelry Like a Pro," 7 May 2019 These Lucite and resin Rachel Comey earrings are very Memphis Group. The Editors, The Cut, "41 Things on Sale You’ll Actually Want to Buy: From Miu Miu to Missoni," 13 July 2018 The man is described as heavyset, about 40 years old and around 6 feet tall with an earring in each ear. Megan Cruz, ajc, "Duo pretending to be inspectors rob, attack elderly Florida couple, deputies say," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of earring

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of earring was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of earring

: a piece of jewelry that is worn on the ear and especially on the earlobe


ear·​ring | \ ˈir-ˌriŋ How to pronounce earring (audio) \

Kids Definition of earring

: an ornament worn on the ear

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