nose ring


: a hooplike piece of jewelry worn on the nose

Note: A nose ring may be worn through a pierced hole or held by a clasp.

: a ring put through an animal's nose to lead or control it

Examples of nose ring in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With his spider lashes, nose ring, and cheekbones, Biggie’s West Coast rival Tupac Shakur was becoming a Hollywood heartthrob around the same time. Clover Hope, Pitchfork, 6 Sep. 2023 Off to the side, a tattooed woman with a nose ring is using a forklift to stack pallets. Chris Klimek, Smithsonian Magazine, 31 Aug. 2023 Wearing black shades, a nose ring and a black sweater, Pugh sported a spikey bleached hairstyle that immediately evokes the Food Network star’s trademark appearance. David Chiu, Peoplemag, 3 Aug. 2023 But Meadow, who sports a nose ring, false eyelashes and purple tips on her jet black hair, saw something more valuable here. Laura Meckler, Anchorage Daily News, 18 Aug. 2023 At this point, Holmes knows that even the slightest shift in her wardrobe will attract attention: be that her stepping out in Scholl-adjacent cork wedges or changing her nose ring from silver to gold. Daniel Rodgers, Vogue, 9 Aug. 2023 Versace top, $6,500, and skirt, $5,500; Gui Rosa shoes, $840; Balenciaga earrings; model’s own nose ring (worn throughout); and stylist’s own bracelets and tights. Bharat Sikka Raphael Hirsch, New York Times, 9 Aug. 2023 Equally on point are her recent beauty choices: note her beautiful big curls, her bold red lip, and her playful nose ring. Tish Weinstock, Vogue, 13 June 2023 Katie Holmes, is that a nose ring? Kara Nesvig, Allure, 19 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1626, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of nose ring was in 1626

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“Nose ring.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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