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

  • n. A ring, often one of a pair of plain gold or platinum bands, given during the wedding ceremony by the groom or bride to his or her future spouse. Also called wedding band.

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  • n. One of a pair or rings exchanged by bride and groom in a wedding ceremony; symbolizes continuous fidelity.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a ring (usually plain gold) given to the bride (and sometimes one is also given to the groom) at the wedding


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  • The priest put a similar ring on the ring-finger of the right hand of the groom, and a plain wedding ring on the ring-finger of the bride's right hand.

    Six Months in Mexico

  • John Tyler's jewelry establishment in Richmond; but it seems quite magnificent to us now, since the Richmond counters are so bare as to offer not even a wedding ring or a yard of calico.

    Documenting the American South: The Southern Experience in 19-th Century America

  • Mining enough gold for an average gold wedding ring creates about 20 tons of hazardous mining waste,83 which is sometimes dumped in rivers or the sea, sometimes just left right where it was created, as I saw in South Africa.


  • This was Laila's first time out of the house in weeks, discounting the short trip to the pawnshop the day before-where she had pushed her wedding ring across a glass counter, where she'd walked out thrilled by the finality of it, knowing there was no going back.

    A Thousand Splendid Suns

  • Was Douglas, from what we hear of his fearless character, a man who would be likely to give up his wedding ring at such short notice, or could we conceive of his giving it up at all?


  • As solemnly as if I was laying a wreath at the Cenotaph, I set the twice-signed agreement on Penelope's pillow, removed the wedding ring from the third finger of my left hand and positioned it plumb centre.

    the mission song

  • It came about that they were married, and for want of a wedding ring Thorkild hung the intaglio of Olaf about the neck of his bride.

    Thorkild Viborg

  • I call all trees mine that I have put my wedding ring on, and I have as many tree-wives as

    Memories and Anecdotes

  • Willis gifted Laura not only an expensive wedding ring and precious gold lavalieres, but a honeymoon by train to Chicago, where Willis bought his new wife a dining room suite and a table service for twelve of pure white Haviland china.

    First Man

  • She would pawn her wedding ring when the time drew close, as well as the other jewelry that Rasheed had given her the year before when she was still the malika of his palace.

    A Thousand Splendid Suns


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