American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An ornament inserted into a perforation in the lip.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A piece of stone, bone, shell, or other material, inserted into the lip or into the cheek near the mouth, which is pierced for the purpose: an ornament or conventional symbol used by many savage races. It is sometimes held fast by the retraction of the edges of the wound, and is sometimes easily removable. Such ornaments often have a religious significance. They have been or are still used in western America, from Peru to the Arctic ocean, and also in Brazil and in central Africa.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Anthropology) A piece of wood, shell, stone, or other substance, worn in a perforation of the lip or cheek by many savages.
- Latin labrum, lip; see leb- in Indo-European roots + -et. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Among the means taken by these people to produce personal ornamentation that of tattooing the face and wearing a labret is the most noticeable.”
“He said he has one tattoo on the middle of his back and six piercings - two ear gauges, an industrial piercing on his left ear, two nipple piercings and a labret, which is a piercing below the lip and above the chin.”
“BME: What's morally worse, piercing a human baby's ears, or piercing a fish's "labret"?”
“She has the body of a ballerina, a perky ponytail, a tiny rhinestone-studded labret below her lip, a demure silver flesh tunnel inside her nose and several piercings in her ears, most of them unadorned.”
“William used a 5mm labret with a light acrylic end and did the piercing freehand while his apprentice held the fish, which was taken out of the water, then put back straight after.”
“The members of the COBM believe their bodies are their temples -- and what temple is complete without a labret piercing?”
“I threw myself into modifying my body through piercing and tattooing, not so slowly amassing nearly 20 tattoos (ranging from religious icons that called to me to pop culture symbols and characters that harkened back to my childhood) and more than a dozen piercings (nipples twice each, PA, labret, tongue, 1 1/4-inch lobes, rooks, tragi, etc.).”
“But in the mean time, I'd better go figure out what a labret is.”
“Today I learned that a baby chick wearing a rainbow afro wig and a labret ring with blood running down its face pretending to be a turkey is what happy tastes like.”
“I think people are especially put off by my vertical labret.”
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