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 My personal favourite is the diamond gold single earring. Felicity Carter, Forbes, 7 June 2021 An earring that appeared to match the necklace Kristin is wearing on the billboard. Jonathan Vigliotti, CBS News, 8 May 2021 Frantically searching the floor for an earring is nobody’s idea of an eventful night. Chris Hachey, BGR, 13 May 2021 An earring that appeared to match the necklace Kristin is wearing on the billboard. Jonathan Vigliotti, CBS News, 8 May 2021 Everything is crisp: his fade, the lines shaved into his eyebrows; jewelry glints all around him, a diamond stud earring, chains, a gold watch worn loose. Justin Torres, Los Angeles Times, 17 Mar. 2021 It can be shoved down the drain in your kitchen sink to retrieve a missing earring. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, 17 Mar. 2021 The weight of an earring is always something to keep in consideration as much as the shape, or the sparkle. Daisy Shaw-ellis, Vogue, 26 Dec. 2020 There is a secret as to why her hoops are a cut above the rest: Each style is hollow and lightweight, but still maintains the appearance of a heavy earring. Katie Attardo, Marie Claire, 2 Dec. 2020

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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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“Earring.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/earring. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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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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