- an ornament worn in a pierced hole in the lip.
Origin of labret
1855–60; < Latin labr(um) lip + -et
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Examples from the Web for labret
The worst adjectives he applied to the labret were "singular" and "curious."
Cook reported that both sexes wore the labret; but this was doubtless an error.
One old woman still retained the labret, but it was only a shadow of the former labrets in size.
The Haidahs formerly wore the nose- and ear-rings, or other ornaments, and the labret in the lower lip.
The labret in the lower lip, or ladle, as he termed it, wore unbearably upon his fine nerves.
- a piece of bone, shell, etc; inserted into the lip as an ornament by certain peoples
C19: from Latin labrum lip
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Word Origin and History for labret
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