[eer-ring, -ing]


an ornament worn on or hanging from the lobe of the ear.

Nearby words

  1. earp, wyatt,
  2. earphone,
  3. earpiece,
  4. earplug,
  5. earreach,
  6. ears are burning, one's,
  7. earshot,
  8. earsplitting,
  9. earth,
  10. earth almond

Origin of earring

before 1000; Middle English erering, Old English ēarhring. See ear1, ring1

Related formsear·ringed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for earring



an ornament for the ear, usually clipped onto the lobe or fastened through a hole pierced in the lobe
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Word Origin and History for earring



Old English earhring, from ear (n.1) + hring (see ring (n.)). Also earspinl. Now including any sort of ornament in the ear; the pendants were originally ear-drops (1720).

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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