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  1. punctured or perforated, as to form a decorative design:

    a pendant in pierced copper.

  2. relating to or being a body part punctured for the purpose of inserting jewelry:

    From jungle tribes to desert nomads to royalty, pierced ears were indicators of both beauty and social standing.

  3. relating to or being jewelry attached through a punctured body part: Nude bellies can be enhanced with pierced navel rings.

    Pierced earrings cannot be returned or exchanged due to hygiene reasons.

    Nude bellies can be enhanced with pierced navel rings.

  4. Heraldry. (of a charge) open at the center to reveal the field:

    a lozenge pierced.

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  • un·pierced adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of pierced1

First recorded in 1300–50; pierce, -ed 2
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Example Sentences

By 140,000 to 120,000 years ago, people made clothing from animal skins and began to decorate themselves with pierced marine shell beads.

By 140,000-120,000 years ago, people made clothing from animal skins and began to decorate themselves with pierced marine shell beads.

The baby was wrapped in a garment decorated with over 60 pierced shell beads and three pendants.

Your HR person is as likely to be as pierced as your barista.

She also commented on what might be her most distinguishing feature, her pierced nose.

As unlucky as Gama was to have been hit, he was incredibly lucky that neither bullet had pierced his skull into his brain.

The blade pierced his liver and diaphragm, missing his heart and aorta by a fraction of an inch.

Instead of blonde and bubbly, the women tend to be tattoed and pierced.

As the bright glow of a little cascade of sparks pierced the darkness, a voice in our rear called sharply: "Hands up!"

The blood rushed in a hot tide into the girl's pale wet face, and yet she shivered as if an arrow had pierced her heart.

An Irish sergeant, on a march, being attacked by a dog, pierced the animal with his halbert.

And again another scripture saith, "They shall look on him whom they pierced."

His face and head was covered with a full mask of thin white rubber, pierced by two slots for eyeholes.


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More About Pierced

What does pierced mean?

Pierced is an adjective that describes things that have had holes made in them by being penetrated or punctured, usually with something sharp.

The word comes from the past tense of the verb pierce, which means to penetrate or puncture things in this way. This sense of the word is associated with needles and other thin, sharp objects used to pierce surfaces. To pierce someone’s ear is to make a hole in it with a needle so that an earring can be inserted. This is called a piercing.

Pierced is especially used to describe ears and other body parts that have had a hole put in them so that jewelry can be inserted, as in pierced ears, pierced lip, pierced nose, and pierced eyebrow.

It can also describe someone who has piercings, as in He was one of those pierced and tattooed guys. 

Pierced metal is metal that has been perforated with holes, such as to form a design.

Example: My ears aren’t pierced—this is just a clip-on earring.

How is pierced used in real life?

The first records of the word pierced as an adjective come from the 1300s. It ultimately comes from the Latin verb pertundere, meaning “to bore a hole through” or “to perforate.”

The verb pierce can be used in many different contexts, both literally and figuratively, but pierced is most commonly used in the context of body parts that have had holes inserted into them in order to wear jewelry. All kinds of body parts can be pierced, including some nontraditional spots like the cheek and the back of the neck.

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How is pierced used in real life?

Pierced is most commonly used in the context of pierced ears, but many other body parts can be pierced.



Try using pierced!

Which of the following body parts can be pierced?

A. ear
B. lip
C. nose
D. all of the above




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