hang·​er | \ ˈhaŋ-ər How to pronounce hanger (audio) \

Definition of hanger

1 : one that hangs or causes to be hung or hanged
2 : something that hangs, overhangs, or is suspended: such as
a : a decorative strip of cloth
b : a small sword formerly used by seamen
c chiefly British : a small wood on steeply sloping land
3 : a device by which or to which something is hung or hangs: such as
a : a strap on a sword belt by which a sword or dagger can be suspended
b : a loop by which a garment is hung up
c : a device that fits inside or around a garment for hanging from a hook or rod

Examples of hanger in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 574-foot, eight-deck gigayacht Acionna, for instance, sports a full-size squash court, helicopter hanger and a 66-foot indoor pool. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 2 Aug. 2022 This super cute plant hanger combines their love of tasteful home decor and low-maintenance plants. Alyssa Gautieri, Good Housekeeping, 28 July 2022 For the closet, consider sturdy vertical hanger extenders and hanging shoe and clothing storage. Leanne Italile, Chicago Tribune, 20 July 2022 Michigan State played in the inaugural event, losing to Connecticut, 66-62, in a hanger at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany. Mason Young, Detroit Free Press, 13 July 2022 Previous research has investigated hanger in the lab. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 July 2022 To hang heavy art between studs, install an anchor in drywall or plaster and screw your choice of picture hanger to the anchor. Washington Post, 2 May 2022 Local favorite themed blue crab on wood with rope hanger for a front door or a wall. Baltimore Sun, 27 June 2022 The killers tortured the nude Waters before strangling him with a wire clothes hanger. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 5 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of hanger

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Hanger.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hanger. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for hanger


hang·​er | \ ˈhaŋ-ər How to pronounce hanger (audio) \

Kids Definition of hanger

: a device on which something hangs a clothes hanger

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