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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for nose-ring

Historical Examples of nose-ring

  • It has a nose-ring of brass wire, and similar adornments in the top of each ear.

    Modern Society

    Julia Ward Howe

  • For a dance the men exchange the nose-ring of tortoise-shell for a large, finely carved plate of mother-of-pearl.

  • Tookaram afterwards tried to remove the silver amulets, the ear-studs, and the nose-ring; but he failed in his attempt.

    Following the Equator, Complete

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • The premeditated human contrivance of the nose-ring was too cunning for impulsive brute force, and the creature flinched.

  • All night I slept perched on her nose-ring, which she always hung upon a hook when she went to bed.

    The Joyous Story of Toto

    Laura E. Richards

British Dictionary definitions for nose-ring

nose ring


a ring fixed through the nose, as for leading a bull
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Word Origin and History for nose-ring

1778 as something to lead an animal by, from nose (n.) + ring (n.1). As something to ornament a person, from 1819.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper