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lanyard

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noun lan·yard \ˈlan-yərd\

Definition of lanyard

  1. 1 :  a piece of rope or line for fastening something in a ship; especially :  one of the pieces passing through deadeyes to extend shrouds or stays

  2. 2 a :  a cord or strap to hold something (as a knife or a whistle) and usually worn around the neck b :  a cord worn as a symbol of a military citation

  3. 3 :  a strong line used to activate a system (as in firing a cannon)



Origin of lanyard

Middle English lanyer thong, lanyard, from Anglo-French lanier


First Known Use: 15th century

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Rhymes with lanyard


LANYARD Defined for Kids

lanyard

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noun lan·yard \ˈlan-yərd\

Definition of lanyard

  1. 1 :  a short rope or cord used as a fastening on ships

  2. 2 :  a cord worn around the neck to hold something (as a knife or whistle)

  3. 3 :  a strong cord with a hook at one end used in firing a cannon




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