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nose ring

a ring inserted in the nose of an animal, to facilitate leading it.
a ring worn as an ornament in the nose.
Origin of nose ring
First recorded in 1780-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • And he wore a nose ring, as all the brave people did, a nose ring of turquoise.

    Aw-Aw-Tam Indian Nights J. William Lloyd
  • The gesture swung the heavy leading-bar, digging the nose ring cruelly into his sensitive nostrils.

    Lad: A Dog Albert Payson Terhune
  • A final plunging twist of the head—and the bar's weight tore the nose ring free from the nostrils.

    Lad: A Dog Albert Payson Terhune
  • She had a nose ring also with large round pearls and emeralds; and her necklaces, &c., were too numerous to be described.

British Dictionary definitions for nose ring

nose ring

a ring fixed through the nose, as for leading a bull
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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