from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An ornament inserted into a perforation in the lip.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a form of body piercing in which an object is attached to the lip

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A piece of wood, shell, stone, or other substance, worn in a perforation of the lip or cheek by many savages.

from The 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.


Latin labrum, lip; see leb- in Indo-European roots + -et.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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  • A huge face with a labret stuck thru the left side of the upper and lower lips, stood sentinel.

    - Louis Zukofsky, Thanks to the Dictionary

    June 20, 2008