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 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, "The gold chain that got away," 17 Mar. 2021 It can be shoved down the drain in your kitchen sink to retrieve a missing earring. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "Best shop vac: More powerful than your regular vacuum cleaner," 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, "16 Statement Earrings to Wear While Watching The Ball Drop on New Year’s Eve," 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, "Jennifer Fisher Hoops Have Amassed a Cult Following," 2 Dec. 2020 With the holiday season underway, there’s no better time than the present to pair a cozy sweatshirt with a party-worthy earring, especially if said party is taking place over Zoom. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Dress Up Your Humble Hoodie With a Glam Pair of Earrings This Winter," 1 Dec. 2020 An earring that appeared to match the necklace Kristin is wearing on the billboard. Jonathan Vigliotti, CBS News, "Can new info help solve the case of missing college student Kristin Smart?," 28 Nov. 2020 The social media post notes that in the Turkmen culture, a lost earring is an omen that the woman might lose her husband. Deborah Martin, ExpressNews.com, "Rare jewelry in ‘Exquisite Adornment’ exhibit will expand San Antonio Museum of Art’s Asian collection," 16 Nov. 2020 Gwyneth's earrings—which cost $35 for a single earring and $70 for a pair—are from Instagram-famous jewelry brand Studs. Amanda Tarlton, USA TODAY, "Gwyneth Paltrow's 'VOTE' earrings sold out in 48 hours—here’s where you can get them," 28 Sep. 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 16 May. 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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