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ring finger

the finger next to the little finger, especially of the left hand, on which an engagement ring or wedding band is traditionally worn.
Origin of ring finger
before 1000; Middle English, Old English Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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Historical Examples
  • In Somersetshire it is a popular belief that the ring-finger, stroked along any sore or wound, will soon heal it.

    Finger-Ring Lore William Jones
  • Thus the third is the first vacant finger, and the ring-finger.

  • Therefore also he founded the custom of putting the ring on the ring-finger through which a vein passeth to the heart.

  • He knows not his mother's ring-finger that knows not Nick Bottom.

    Henry Brocken Walter J. de la Mare
  • Then he stands up and frowns, and begins to tally off his clues on his fingers—and gets stuck at the ring-finger.

  • When a couple become engaged, the gentleman presents the lady with a ring, which is worn on the ring-finger of the right hand.

    Our Deportment John H. Young
  • In these three-pegged sticks the ring-finger and the little finger are inclosed together.

  • The dagger split suddenly into three blades, as when one separates the forefinger and the ring-finger from the middle one.

    Elsie Venner Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • As he tucked the rugs about us I noticed that the ring-finger of his left hand was tattooed with three blue rings.

    Jim Davis John Masefield
  • He complained of pain in the ring-finger of the right hand, and in the ball of the right great toe.

British Dictionary definitions for ring-finger

ring finger

the third finger, esp of the left hand, on which a wedding ring is traditionally worn
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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ring-finger in Medicine

ring finger n.
The third finger of the left hand.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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