noun \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

bangle, charm, lavaliere (also lavalliere)

Other Jewelry Terms

bijou, brilliant, chase, facet, lapidary, paste

Rhymes with PENDANT


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