ring finger


Definition of ring finger

: the third finger especially of the left hand counting the index finger as the first

Examples of ring finger in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Earlier this month the model sparked engagement rumors after wearing a ring on what appeared to be her left ring finger. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, "Fans Think Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid Are Engaged After Hearing His New Song," 15 Jan. 2021 Her fingers, especially the index, middle and ring finger, were slightly swollen when compared with those on the left hand. New York Times, "Her Wrist Was Swollen and Excruciatingly Painful. Steroids Didn’t Help Much.," 16 Dec. 2020 The new rock taking up real estate on Stefani's ring finger, while still very large, appears much more understated and classic than her previous two, which seems apt given the couple’s low-key relationship. Eliza Huber, refinery29.com, "Gwen Stefani & Blake Shelton Are Engaged — & The Ring Is Blinding," 29 Oct. 2020 Stassie was also spotted wearing a ring on her ring finger after spending the weekend in Vegas recently. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About Noah Centineo's Love Life," 8 Oct. 2020 In December 2019, the two announced their engagement on McCary's Instagram, with a picture of Stone showing off a pearl and diamond ring on her left ring finger. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, "Emma Stone expecting first child with comedian Dave McCary: Reports," 5 Jan. 2021 Then, another fan looked a little closer at an Instagram Taylor posted with the lyrics as the caption and saw that there is a string tied around her ring finger... Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "6 Signs That Taylor Swift Is Engaged To Longtime Boyfriend Joe Alwyn," 4 Dec. 2020 De Armas' post also featured what looked like a large diamond ring on the actress's left ring finger — the same one that appeared in the shots from the balcony. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, "Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas Spend First Thanksgiving Together: They're 'Very Happy,' Source Says," 28 Nov. 2020 On Zach Sherry’s first day of work at the General Motors Co. factory in Bedford, Ind., trainers gave a safety presentation that included an image of a cartoon hand spurting blood from the ring finger. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, "GM’s Closed Lordstown Factory Spawns a Wave of Industrial Migrants," 29 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of ring finger

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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26 Jan 2021

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“Ring finger.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ring%20finger. Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ring finger

: the third finger especially of your left hand when you count the index finger as the first finger

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Kids Definition of ring finger

: the third finger especially of the left hand when counting the index finger as the first

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