nose ring


Definition of nose ring

1 : 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.

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

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So when word started trickling out that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey had a new nose ring, we were intrigued. Sam Schube, GQ, "Jack Dorsey Got a Nose Ring," 8 June 2018 Obama was too busy actually presidenting then to take time out of his busy day to listen to a grown man with dyed hair and two nose rings. Stephen A. Crockett Jr., The Root, "10 Reasons Dennis Rodman’s Summit Interview Was the Most Bizarre Must-Watch Television Moment in 2018," 12 June 2018 Dreads beneath a tasteful hat, nose ring, walking into St. George’s Chapel with the regal beauty of every auntie and sister-cousin in my family — and I was done, y’all. Attica Locke, The Hollywood Reporter, "Meghan Markle, the "Blackening of Windsor" and Why That Matters on Live TV (Guest Column)," 22 May 2018 Wearing Oscar de la Renta, locs, and a nose ring, the single mother, yoga teacher, social worker, and descendant of slaves watched her only child join a monarchy already in progress, already progressing. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "raceAhead: An Unapologetically Black Royal Wedding," 21 May 2018 The soldiers grabbed valuables from the women—earrings, nose rings, bracelets and phones, survivors said. Niharika Mandhana, WSJ, "‘We’ll Turn Your Village Into Soil’: Survivors Recount One of Myanmar’s Biggest Massacres," 11 May 2018 Last year, a photo went viral showing a Bishnoi woman — wearing a traditional patterned sari and a large nose ring — breastfeeding a fawn. Shashank Bengali,, "This nature-loving sect in India dragged one of the world's biggest movie stars to court — and won," 17 May 2018 Joanna's nose ring For a hot second, the designer rocked a teeny tiny nose stud! Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "7 Things You Missed from the Series Premiere of 'Behind the Design'," 11 Apr. 2018 Photo: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images The original Victor E. Bull was cuddly and smiley and slightly punk with a prominent nose ring. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "Buffalo Is the NCAA Tournament’s Cinderella. Why Aren’t They the Buffalo?," 16 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of nose ring

1626, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of nose ring

: a piece of jewelry worn in your nose
: a ring put through an animal's nose to control it

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