\ˈpirst \

Definition of pierced 

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

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Several bullets pierced cars parked in front of the hospital on Ogden. Elyssa Cherney, chicagotribune.com, "2 women shot outside Mount Sinai while waiting for news of wounded relative: 'What kind of city do we live in … ?'," 6 May 2018 In other Jenner and Scott news, Kylie also shared an adorable video of her showering Stormi -- decked out in with tiny studs in her pierced ears -- with kisses on Wednesday (July 11) night. Sam Tornow, Billboard, "Travis Scott Tweets He Could Not Be 'More Proud' of Kylie's 'Forbes' Cover," 12 July 2018 But babies with pierced ears has been a hot topic for years, one that bubbles up every time a celebrity is involved. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Kylie Jenner Pierced 5-Month-Old Stormi's Ears, and People Have a Lot of Feelings About It," 12 July 2018 One sideshow player, a heavily tattooed, pierced and bearded strongman who performs as Titano Oddfellow, 45, landed his role by lifting Mr. McDermott with his teeth during his audition and spinning him around. Corey Kilgannon, New York Times, "From Coney Island Sideshows to an Operatic Debut at the Met," 13 Mar. 2018 At the start of Tuesday's episode, viewers learned that Abby was in serious condition, having suffered a pierced artery after being shot in the chest. Sandra Gonzalez, CNN, "Pauley Perrette bids farewell to 'NCIS'," 9 May 2018 There was El Monkey and El Satanico and El Big Homie — willowy teenagers in the midst of growth spurts, with pierced ears, gelled hair, and skinny jeans. Hannah Dreier, Daily Intelligencer, "The Betrayal of Triste," 2 Apr. 2018 Far-right Northern League leader Matteo Salvini has a pierced ear and a genial, everyman style. Michael Birnbaum, Washington Post, "Who and what to watch in Italy’s election," 2 Mar. 2018 At first, the new customers — as a group, considerably more tattooed and pierced than Pope’s typical clientele — were buying relatively small glass distillation units. Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Legal marijuana brings new sales to Pope Scientific of Saukville," 25 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of pierced

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of pierced

of a body part : having a hole that was made so that a piece of jewelry can be worn through it

: having holes made in one or more parts of your body so you can wear jewelry in them

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