earring

earring (n.) O.E. earhring, from EAR (Cf. ear) (1) + hring (see RING (Cf. 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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  • Earring — Ear ring , n. An ornament consisting of a ring passed through the lobe of the ear, with or without a pendant. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • earring — ► NOUN ▪ a piece of jewellery worn on the lobe or edge of the ear …   English terms dictionary

  • earring — [ir′riŋ΄, ir′iŋ] n. a ring or other small ornament for the lobe of the ear, either passed through a hole pierced in the lobe or fastened with a screw or clip …   English World dictionary

  • Earring — Infobox Piercing name = Earring nicknames = image size = 200px image capt = 1) Helix/Cartilage, 2) Industrial, 3) Rook, 4) Daith, 5) Tragus, 6) Snug, 7) Conch, 8) Anti Tragus, 9) Lobe location = Ear jewelry = Captive bead ring, barbell, circular… …   Wikipedia

  • earring — earringed, adj. /ear ring , ing/, n. an ornament worn on or hanging from the lobe of the ear. [bef. 1000; ME erering, OE earhring. See EAR1, RING1] * * * ▪ jewelry       a personal ornament worn pendent from the ear, usually suspended by means of …   Universalium

  • earring */ — UK [ˈɪərɪŋ] / US [ˈɪrɪŋ] noun [countable] Word forms earring : singular earring plural earrings a piece of jewellery that you wear on your ear …   English dictionary

  • earring — noun a) A piece of jewelry worn on the ear. b) earring. A piece of jewelry worn on the ear …   Wiktionary

  • earring — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ drop, hoop, stud ▪ clip on ▪ chandelier (AmE), dangly ▪ diamond, pearl …   Collocations dictionary

  • earring — noun Date: before 12th century an ornament for the ear and especially the earlobe …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • earring — Synonyms and related words: anklet, armlet, band, bangle, beads, belt, bijou, bracelet, breastpin, brooch, chain, chaplet, charm, chatelaine, cincture, cingulum, circle, collar, collarband, coronet, crown, diadem, ecliptic, equator, fascia,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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