Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

pendant

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

Simple Definition of pendant

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

Full Definition of pendant

  1. 1 :  something suspended: as a :  an ornament (as on a necklace) allowed to hang free b :  an electrical fixture suspended from the ceiling

  2. 2 :  a hanging ornament of roofs or ceilings much used in the later styles of Gothic architecture

  3. 3 :  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

  4. 4 chiefly British :  pennant 1a

  5. 5 a :  companion piece b :  something secondary or supplementary

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>



Variants of pendant

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

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

Other Jewelry Terms

Rhymes with pendant


PENDANT Defined for Kids

pendant

play
noun pen·dant \ˈpen-dənt\

Definition of pendant

  1. :  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.



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up pendant? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 14, 2016

to hug and kiss another person

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image33683556

How much does a batman (the Turkish unit of measurement) weigh?

16.96 pounds 2.2 pounds 100 pounds 196.5 pounds
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ