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noun ring pronunciation in British English /rɪŋ/ 
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singularring
pluralrings
  1. 1
    [countable] a piece of jewellery in the form of a circle that you wear on a finger

    a gold ring

    ring on:

    She had a ring on every finger.

    1. b.
      a line or shape that forms a ring

      She had black rings round her eyes from tiredness.

    2. d.
      a group of people or things that form a ring
      ring of:

      He glanced round the ring of faces waiting for him to speak.

      in a ring (=arranged in the shape of the edge of a circle):

      They sat in a ring around the fire.

  2. 3
    [countable] the sound that a bell produces

    He was interrupted by the ring of the doorbell.

    1. a.
      [countable] an act of making a bell produce a sound

      Impatiently she gave another ring of the doorbell.

    2. b.
      [singular] a sound like a bell

      The ring of his hammer echoed round the square.

  3. 6
    [countable] a group of people involved in an activity, especially an illegal one

    The officer was suspected of involvement in an international drugs ring.

  4. 7
    [singular] a particular quality that something such as a statement seems to have

    Her account has a ring of authenticity about it.

    have a ring of truth:

    His version of events had a ring of truth.

    have a familiar ring:

    This story may have a familiar ring to it.

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