Meaning of ring time in English:

ring time


  • A time of giving or exchanging rings.

    Chiefly in allusion to the song in As you like it. The reading ring time was suggested by G. Steevens in Johnson & G. Steevens Plays of Shakespeare (1778) (rev. ed.) III. 375 as meaning ‘the aptest season for marriage’, to replace the reading rank time in other editions (for the First Folio's rang time). It is uncertain whether Morley's setting predates the play or was composed for it.


Early 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Morley (?1557–?1602), composer.