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

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

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

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Word Origin & History

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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Bible Dictionary

Earrings definition

rings properly for the ear (Gen. 35:4; Num. 31:50; Ezek. 16:12). In Gen. 24:47 the word means a nose-jewel, and is so rendered in the Revised Version. In Isa. 3:20 the Authorized Version has "ear-rings," and the Revised Version "amulets," which more correctly represents the original word (lehashim), which means incantations; charms, thus remedies against enchantment, worn either suspended from the neck or in the ears of females. Ear-rings were ornaments used by both sexes (Ex. 32:2).

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