1
: having holes
especially : decorated with perforations
2
: having the flesh punctured for the attachment of a piece of jewelry
pierced ears
a pierced tongue
3
: designed for pierced ears
pierced earrings

Examples of pierced in a Sentence

a tattooed and pierced musician
Recent Examples on the Web Sylvia Toledano Gina Gold-Plated Clip Earrings These clip-ons from Sylvia Toledano will certainly steal the show for those without pierced ears. Kristina Rutkowski, Harper's BAZAAR, 9 Aug. 2023 Additionally, there are five serving utensils included in the set including a tablespoon, a pierced tablespoon, a serving fork, a sugar spoon, and a butter knife. Nafeesah Allen, Better Homes & Gardens, 5 May 2023 The set also includes five serving utensils—a serving spoon, a pierced serving spoon, a sugar spoon, a butter knife, and a serving fork. Nafeesah Allen, Better Homes & Gardens, 5 May 2023 The pendant was made out of a pierced deer tooth and was discovered in the Denisova Cave in Siberia. Devika Rao, The Week, 4 May 2023 Now, scientists have found a way to extract DNA in a non-invasive manner, applying the pioneering new technique to a pierced deer tooth likely worn as a pendant. Katie Hunt, CNN, 3 May 2023 The pierced watch hands and strap, meanwhile, hint at racing drivers’ gloves. Nick Scott, Robb Report, 27 Mar. 2023 For wearing the nose ring, Mr. Godse was called Nathuram, meaning a man with pierced nose. Sameer Yasir, New York Times, 4 Feb. 2020 Plus, Magdalena didn't want some American student with a pierced tongue and tattoos traipsing around, exposing Camila to God knows what. Stephanie Green, chicagotribune.com, 20 July 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of pierced was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Pierced.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pierced. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

pierced

adjective
1
: having holes
2
: having a hole for the attachment of a piece of jewelry
pierced ears
a pierced tongue
3
: designed for pierced ears
pierced earrings
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