She lifted her head like a queen when those earings "were on". I really want to know the meaning of "were on" in this sentence.
- b : in or into a position of being attached to or covering a surface; especially : in or into the condition of being worn <put his new shoes on>
In other words, the earrings were on means she was wearing earrings. Similar examples are
- The man had a cap on. (The man was wearing a cap.)
- Do you have shoes on? (Are you wearing shoes?)
- She has pants on. (She is wearing pants.)