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

Definition of earring

: an ornament for the ear and especially the earlobe

Examples of earring in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So Jackson took the day off from her job as an accountant at a hospice organization and put on some peace sign earrings and a T-shirt from the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March. Akilah Johnson, ProPublica, "On the Minds of Black Lives Matter Protesters: A Racist Health System," 5 June 2020 The four pieces all sold as well, with the highest price going to a pair of Byzantine style earrings for $13,750 (low estimate $5,000). Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "Are People Buying Jewelry Right Now?," 27 Mar. 2020 At the very least, throw on a blazer with pocket square over a T-shirt and joggers or pull back your hair and don a pair of colorful earrings. Stephanie Cain, Fortune, "Upgrade the background of your video chats," 25 Mar. 2020 Imagine a diamond engagement ring in the shade of the Mediterranean, or a pair of chandelier earrings with stones the exact color of your daughter’s eyes. Katharine K. Zarrella, WSJ, "8 Predictions for the Future of Fashion," 17 Jan. 2020 Among the missing goods are a pair of earrings, a ring laden with pearls and gems, a gold watch, and a gold timepiece. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Days After the Brazen Green Vault Heist, Another German Museum Is Targeted by Thieves," 5 Dec. 2019 Though generally at home with rigorous lines, the designer paired those with diamond parabolas on the earrings shown exclusively here. Vogue, "Haute Couture Jewelry Report: A New Generation Alights," 9 July 2019 In the most memorable performance of his career, K-Ci Hailey is shirtless, wearing a backward baseball cap, two earrings in each ear and blue boxer shorts mushrooming out over low-slung black jeans. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "Jodeci’s Unplugged ‘Lately’ Was Its Pinnacle. Andre Harrell Made It Happen.," 12 May 2020 Ford is partial to classic looks and lines, but threw in some fun with accessories like giant, feathered earrings in many colors, and a pair of high, yellow animal-skin cowboy boots. Washington Post, "Before Oscars, stars pack Tom Ford’s fashion week show in LA," 8 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of earring

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Earring.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/earring. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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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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