ETYM as. hring, hrinc; akin to Fries. hring, Dutch and German ring, Old High Germ. ring, hring, Icel. hringr, DAn. and sw. ring; cf. Russ. krug. Related to Harangue, Rank a row,Rink.
1. A circular band of a precious metal worn on the finger; SYN. band.
2. One of a pair of heavy metal circles (usually covered with leather) suspended by ropes; used for gymnastic exercises.
3. Anything having a circular shape; SYN. halo, annulus, anulus, doughnut, anchor ring.
4. The sound of a bell ringing; SYN. ringing, tintinnabulation.
5. A characteristic sound.
Circlet, usually of precious metal, sometimes set with gems, worn on a finger as a decoration or token. The origin of the wedding ring is uncertain, but betrothal rings were bestowed in Roman times. Rings were used for money in ancient Egypt and elsewhere. Their connection with the church still survives in instances such as the English coronation.