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[ley-bret] /ˈleɪ brɛt/
an ornament worn in a pierced hole in the lip.
Origin of labret
1855-60; < Latin labr(um) lip + -et Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The labret in the lower lip, or ladle, as he termed it, wore unbearably upon his fine nerves.

    Alaska Ella Higginson
  • Cook reported that both sexes wore the labret; but this was doubtless an error.

    Alaska Ella Higginson
  • The Haidahs formerly wore the nose- and ear-rings, or other ornaments, and the labret in the lower lip.

    Alaska Ella Higginson
  • His understanding of the custom of wearing the labret, however, differs from that of other early navigators.

    Alaska Ella Higginson
  • The worst adjectives he applied to the labret were "singular" and "curious."

    Alaska Ella Higginson
  • It is worn for ornament, the same as ear-rings or nose-rings, and is called a labret.

  • One old woman still retained the labret, but it was only a shadow of the former labrets in size.

  • A “labret” of ivory or even of wood they valued at four or five dollars—or asked so much as that at first.

British Dictionary definitions for labret


a piece of bone, shell, etc; inserted into the lip as an ornament by certain peoples
Word Origin
C19: from Latin labrum lip
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Word Origin and History for labret

ornament inserted into a lip, 1843 (first reference is to Eskimo men), from Latin labrum "lip" (see labrum) + -et, as in anklet, bracelet, etc.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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