noun pen·dant \ˈpen-dənt; 3 & 4 are also ˈpe-nənt, 5 is also päⁿ-ˈdäⁿ\

: a piece of jewelry that hangs on a chain or a cord which is worn around your neck

Full Definition of PENDANT

:  something suspended: as
a :  an ornament (as on a necklace) allowed to hang free
b :  an electrical fixture suspended from the ceiling
:  a hanging ornament of roofs or ceilings much used in the later styles of Gothic architecture
:  a length of line usually used as a connector on a boat or ship; especially :  a short rope hanging from a spar and having at its free end a block or spliced thimble
chiefly British :  pennant 1a
a :  companion piece
b :  something secondary or supplementary

Variants of PENDANT

pen·dant also pen·dent \ˈpen-dənt; 3 & 4 are also ˈpe-nənt, 5 is also päⁿ-ˈdäⁿ\

Examples of PENDANT

  1. <Navajo necklaces with pendants finely crafted in genuine sky-blue turquoise.>
  2. <a pendant that once flew on Nelson's flagship>

Origin of PENDANT

Middle English pendaunt, from Anglo-French pendant, from present participle of pendre to hang, from Vulgar Latin *pendere, from Latin pendēre; akin to Latin pendere to weigh, estimate, pay, pondus weight
First Known Use: 14th century

Related to PENDANT

Other Jewelry Terms

bijou, brilliant, chase, facet, lapidary, paste

Rhymes with PENDANT

PENDANT Defined for Kids


noun pen·dant \ˈpen-dənt\

Definition of PENDANT for Kids

:  a piece of jewelry hanging on a chain or cord that is worn around the neck

Word Root of PENDANT

The Latin word pendere, meaning to cause to hang down, gives us the root pend. Words from the Latin pendere have something to do with hanging. To suspend is to cause something to hang down from a single point. To depend is to hang, or rely, on the support of others. A pendant is an ornament that hangs free, as on a necklace. A pendulum is an object hung from a point that swings freely back and forth, as in a clock.
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