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[ ley-bret ]
/ ˈleɪ brɛt /


an ornament worn in a pierced hole in the lip.

Nearby words

labrador retriever, labrador tea, labradorean, labradorescent, labradorite, labret, labrid, labrocyte, labroid, labrum, labrusca

Origin of labret

1855–60; < Latin labr(um) lip + -et Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for labret


/ (ˈleɪbrɛt) /


a piece of bone, shell, etc; inserted into the lip as an ornament by certain peoples

Word Origin for labret

C19: from Latin labrum lip
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for labret



ornament inserted into a lip, 1843 (first reference is to Eskimo men), from Latin labrum "lip" (see labrum) + -et, as in anklet, bracelet, etc.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper