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 West's silver nose hoop featured two chains that streamed from her nose to her earring, while Kardashian's nose ring connected directly to the cuffs on her neck. Chelsea Avila, Allure, 7 July 2022 The Kin Euphorics partner accessorized with brown sunglasses, Missoma’s baroque pearl single-drop earrings and baroque pearl single-ovate earring, and various rings. Rosa Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 21 June 2022 Machine Gun Kelly wore what appeared to be a syringe filled with blood as an earring at the premiere of his new movie Taurus. Brendan Morrow, The Week, 10 June 2022 A few days after that moment, Baez got a game-ending hit that featured a celebration where his earring was lost at the plate and had Sandy Alderson looking for it. Larry Fleisher, Forbes, 30 Dec. 2021 Handcrafted from rich 22 karat polished gold, the Hoop Earring Micro has a gold weight of approximately 2.1 grams per single earring. Joseph Deacetis, Forbes, 7 Dec. 2021 Witnesses recalled that Rosenbaum, who wore a distinctive green earring and a reddish T-shirt with a black pocket, was setting fires and screaming threats. Paige Williams, The New Yorker, 15 Nov. 2021 Rachel decides to freeze her eggs; Terry gets an earring, a wax and buys a Lamborghini so Bradshaw Bourbon can appeal to a younger crowd. Washington Post, 3 Nov. 2021 The mine cuts sit slightly higher that the rest of the hoop and pop from black rhodium plated finish from the rest of the earring which is in yellow gold. Beth Bernstein, Forbes, 1 Nov. 2021 See More

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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 20 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for earring


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

Kids Definition of earring

: an ornament worn on the ear

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