ear·​ring | \ˈir-(ˌ)iŋ, -ˌriŋ\

Definition of earring 

: an ornament for the ear and especially the earlobe

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The stunning diamond drop earrings Meghan paired the dress with are still a bit of a mystery. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Wore Fijian Blue for Her First State Dinner," 23 Oct. 2018 At Acne Studios, earrings were long enough to do double duty as necklaces. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Fresh From the Spring 2019 Runways, 7 New Jewelry Trends and How to Wear Them," 15 Oct. 2018 The diamond and emerald drop earrings celebrate the couple's royal wedding, and are a sweet gift to commemorate the occasion. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Eugenie Wore the Queen's Brooches in Her Hair at the Evening Reception," 13 Oct. 2018 Rotating the earring gently every day is also important, says the AAP, as well as holding off on removal until four to six weeks after the procedure and seeking medical attention immediately if the site turns red and/or painful. PEOPLE.com, "Kylie Jenner Pierces 5-Month-Old Daughter Stormi's Ears: How Safe Is the Procedure for Babies?," 12 July 2018 Within an hour, the woman in the booth called to say that a track worker had found the earring. Elaine Unkeless, New York Times, "A Human Touch at Grand Army Plaza," 28 May 2018 The thief scattered his wife's jewelry but didn't take any of it, not even the diamond earrings. Joe Mozingo, latimes.com, "In the Golden State Killer's path, terror still runs deep," 6 May 2018 But the beauty of David Schwimmer’s long wavy hair is only matched by the unexpected hoop earring in his left ear. Time, "These Pictures of the Friends Cast Before They Made It Will Be There for You," 18 Jan. 2018 Cuffs, rings, and earrings (though sadly no hoops) from Fisher’s brass collection will also be available. Sarah Nechamkin, The Cut, "Jennifer Fisher’s Insane Sidewalk Sale Is Back," 25 June 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 \

Kids Definition of earring

: an ornament worn on the ear

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