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

Definition of earring

: an ornament for the ear and especially the earlobe

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Princess Victoria, 41, completed the extravagant look with matching accessories — dangling earrings and a clutch — and tied her hair back into a chic updo. PEOPLE.com, "Princess Victoria of Sweden Just Shocked the Red Carpet with Her Edgy Royal Gown!," 12 June 2019 Handmade items included soaps, earrings, scarves and many other projects. Karie Angell Luc, chicagotribune.com, "Evanston Made Kids encourages families to create art together," 11 June 2019 To make those avatars more customizable, Apple introduced a host of new features for Memoji, including eyeshadow, lipstick, piercings, braces, earrings, hats, glasses, multicolored hair, and… AirPods. Mike Murphy, Quartz, "Everything Apple announced at its WWDC 2019 developer conference," 3 June 2019 Onlookers first got a glimpse of the rock on the red carpet where the The Weight of These Wings singer wore a neon green sequined halter dress with dangling gemstone earrings. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Miranda Lambert Flaunted Her New Wedding Ring at the ACMs and We're Obsessed," 9 Apr. 2019 Besides the metallic detailing on the dress, Curtis also arrived wearing dangling earrings and carrying a interesting clutch. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "See Jamie Lee Curtis Absolutely Crush the Golden Globes Red Carpet," 7 Jan. 2019 Jane slinging the Cuyana bag across her body to head out with Ziggy, Renata putting on the Lizzie Fortunato earrings for a meeting, Bonnie teaching a yoga class in head-to-toe OV. Glamour, "At Long Last, Big Little Lies Got Its Own Fashion Collection," 24 May 2019 Another male unscrewed the diamond earrings from his ears, Martin testified. Megan Crepeau, chicagotribune.com, "Co-defendant testifies against three longtime friends in killing of twin," 21 May 2018 The platinum stunner is part of a larger Demi-Parure set worn by the Duchess on her wedding day, including a necklace, bracelet, and earrings. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "The Fascinating Story Behind Sarah Ferguson's Wedding Tiara," 28 July 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 How to pronounce earring (audio) \

Kids Definition of earring

: an ornament worn on the ear

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