earring

[eer-ring, -ing]
noun
an ornament worn on or hanging from the lobe of the ear.

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

earringed, adjective
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earring (ˈɪəˌrɪŋ)
 
n
an ornament for the ear, usually clipped onto the lobe or fastened through a hole pierced in the lobe

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earring
O.E. earhring, from ear + hring (see ring (n.)). 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 [see ear (1)], 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

a personal ornament worn pendent from the ear, usually suspended by means of a ring or hook passing through a pierced hole in the lobe of the ear or, in modern times, often by means of a screwed clip on the lobe. The impulse to decorate or to modify the appearance of the ear seems to be almost universal. In general, usage appears to call for wearing earrings in pairs, the two ornaments in all respects resembling each other; but a single earring has sometimes been worn. (The single earring was especially popular in Europe during the Renaissance and Baroque period.)

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Example sentences
Another researcher described a chimpanzee using a shell first as a cigarette,
  then as an earring.
Someone had reached into the bus to steal her earring, tearing her ear in the
  process.
He wears a gold earring in each ear, and heavy rings on his fingers.
He made the sound again, looking at his boiled hand, the earring.
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