earring

noun ear·ring \ ˈir-(ˌ)iŋ , -ˌriŋ \
Updated on: 22 Apr 2018

Definition of earring

: an ornament for the ear and especially the earlobe

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First Known Use of earring

before 12th century

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EARRING Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of earring for English Language Learners

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


EARRING Defined for Kids

earring

noun ear·ring \ ˈir-ˌriŋ \

Definition of earring for Students

: an ornament worn on the ear


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