- an ornament worn on or hanging from the lobe of the ear.
Origin of earring
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It's the earring to have next spring -- and the stranger, the better.6 Lessons From The Spring Runways: New York Fashion Week Spring Summer 2013
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The other is a man's, sun-burned, discoloured, and also pierced for an earring.
A pendant is that which hangs from something else; as, an earring or a tassel.Orthography
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The earring must have fallen from her ear then into the snow, and been hidden by it.
But, on the other side, there was the assertion of the Islip people; and there was the earring.
That the captain had not touched the earring, Edwards knew full well.
- an ornament for the ear, usually clipped onto the lobe or fastened through a hole pierced in the lobe
Word Origin and History for earring
The two groups which had formerly a near monopoly on male earrings were Gypsies and sailors. Both has the usual traditions about eyesight, but it was also said that sailors' earrings would save them from drowning, while others argued that should a sailor be drowned and washed up on some foreign shore, his gold earrings would pay for a proper Christian burial. ["Dictionary of English Folklore"]
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