• WordNet 3.6
    • n earring jewelry to ornament the ear; usually clipped to the earlobe or fastened through a hole in the lobe
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Sailors once thought that wearing a gold earring would improve their eyesight
    • n Earring An ornament consisting of a ring passed through the lobe of the ear, with or without a pendant.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n earring A ring or other ornament, usually of gold or silver, and with or without precious stones, worn at the ear, the usual means of attachment being the ring itself, or a hook or projection which forms a part of it, passing through the lobe. Among Orientals ear-rings have been used by both sexes from the earliest times. In England they were worn by the Romanized Britons and by Anglo-Saxons. After the tenth century the fashion seems to have declined throughout Europe, and ear-rings are neither found in graves nor seen in paintings or sculptures. The wearing of ear-rings was reintroduced into England in the sixteenth century, and Stubbs, writing in the time of Queen Elizabeth, says, “The women are not ashamed to make holes in their ears whereat they hang rings and other jewels of gold and precious stones.” The use of ear-rings by women has continued to the present time. In the seventeenth century they were worn by men; and seafaring men, especially of the southern nations of Europe, have retained the use of them, commonly in the form of gold hoops, down to our own times. Among women the shape of ear-rings changes completely with the fashions, long, heavy pendants being succeeded by smaller ones, and these by single stones in almost invisible chatons, set close to the lobe of the ear.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Earring an ornamental ring worn in the ear
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. éare; cf. L. auris, Ger. ohr.


In literature:

They wore earrings of brass, and heavy necklaces of black and white beads.
"The Mate of the Lily" by W. H. G. Kingston
I'll write to Clew, Earring and Grummet, and ask them if they have a vacancy for you.
"Ned Garth" by W. H. G. Kingston
As she moved, Cheniston passed the remaining earring to his sister.
"Afterwards" by Kathlyn Rhodes
These he laid at one side, and at the other a pocket-knife with a brilliant earring.
"Standish of Standish" by Jane G. Austin
Gifts of handkerchiefs and earrings were smuggled in strictly against the rules of the Master.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
They gave me beads and the little tin earrings, which they used by the dozens, as ornaments.
"Old Rail Fence Corners" by Various
The earrings gave us a good handle to pull each other's ears with.
"My Reminiscences" by Rabindranath Tagore
You can have the handkerchiefs, Stell, and I will take these buttons: they could be made into lovely earrings.
"Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 22, September, 1878" by Various
A woman with dark hair and long gypsy earrings had suddenly laughed at him when he sat down beside her.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
With the earrings came a brooch.
"Debts of Honor" by Maurus Jókai

In poetry:

like a nymph who received great Zeus.
The dangling earrings ring out at her ear;
but she lifts San Giorgio Maggiore
and smiles idly into that lovely thing.
"Venetian Morning" by Rainer Maria Rilke
A little silk scarf, a pair of earrings swinging,
A sliver ring, an indolent peacock fan,
Down at the foreshore cold iron ship bells ringing,
And laughing lips of an outbound sailorman.
"Shore Roads Of April" by Bill Adams
"And thou shalt see her standing straight and pale,
High pedestalled on some rook-haunted tower:
She has two earrings, silver and vermeil,
And eyes like stars that shine in sunset hour.
"Hialmar speaks to the Raven: From Leconte de Lisle" by James Elroy Flecker
"You can keep your pearls and your gold earring,
And your bird of the East that will not sing,
But, Ned, have you nothing more for me
Than heathenish gew-gaw toys?" says she,
"Have you nothing better for Nancy?"
"Neglectful Edward" by Robert Graves
With a flash of gold where the peering moon
Saw an earring as it swung,
And a silver line that leapt and died
Where the salt-white sea-boots hung,
And the pitiful, nodding, silent heads,
With half of their songs unsung.
"The Pirates" by DuBose Heyward
Her earrings are made of pearl,
Her underskirt is of green pattern-silk,
Her overskirt is the same silk dyed in purple,
And when men going by look on Rafu
They set down their burdens,
They stand and twirl their moustaches.
"A Ballad Of The Mulberry Road" by Ezra Pound

In news:

Win diamond earrings or a pearl necklace.
BUFFALO GROVE, IL — A woman who lost a diamond earring was fortunate enough to discover it after sifting through several vacuum cleaner bags, according to the Chicago Tribune.
While December continues to be a hot month for the purchase of diamond engagement rings and brilliant diamond earrings, there are plenty of other options when going jewelry shopping.
These earrings were designed and made by Teresa Cheung, owner of Salvageshop at Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles.
Here's an easy & really cute solution to my recent (not-so-much-of-a) problem of having too many earrings.
Pinterest comes to my rescue yet again with this shaggy chic diy earring organizer.
Now "they don't even buy the gold," he explained, waving his hand in frustration at a display of $3 gold-plated earrings.
According to the documentary, Simpson knew Glen--who was working as a house painter near Brown's Brentwood home at the time of the murders --and had paid him to steal a pair of $20,000 earrings he had given her.
Kohl's Facebook Flash Sale: pearl necklace and earring set.
15 pm, she saw that someone had made off with her watches, rings, earrings, and necklaces .
Southwood has spent the past 18 years collecting moose of almost every variety — stuffed animals, earrings, candles and paintings.
Kenny Rogers says it was a relief to put aside the long hair, earring and rose-colored glasses he wore for the First Edition.
She accessorized with large gold hoop earrings, a long necklace and tan sandals.
While Pandora 's personalized bracelets, created with beads and charms, are extremely popular, the jewelry line also includes watches, necklaces, rings and earrings.
Or, "Do you wear those earrings when you fly".

In science:

Thanks to the high-frequency, high-sensitivity operation of superconductive electronics, mobile phones would be so compact that could be made in the form of an earring.
Route to Room-Temperature Superconductivity from a Practical Point of View
Fabel, Multiplication is discontinuous in the Hawaiian earring group (with the quotient topology), Bull.
On generalized sequential spaces
Griffiths space, Harmonic archipelago, Hawaiian earring, fundamental group, trivial shape, Peano continuum, wild topology.
On the homology of the Harmonic Archipelago
It can be simply described as follows: HA is a noncompact space which is obtained by adjoining a sequence of ’tall’ disks between consecutive loops of the Hawaiian earring (cf. ).
On the homology of the Harmonic Archipelago
The Modified Hawaiian earring MH is homotopy equivalent to the Hawaiian earring, MH (cid:39) H.
On the homology of the Harmonic Archipelago