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

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The company recycles all its plastic bags and hangers, dry-cleans its clothing with a nonhazardous chemical, and has patented its own eco-friendly garment bag. Erin Quinn-kong, Woman's Day, "Are Your Fast-Fashion Clothes Killing Farmers?," 14 Feb. 2019 Storage: There are many ways to store linens such as in drawers or on shelves that are specially constructed for them (which most of us don’t have), in regular drawers or on regular shelves and on hangers for tablecloths or runners. Elle Decor Editors, ELLE Decor, "Everything You Need to Know About Caring for Tabletop Accessories," 11 Feb. 2019 The hanger that had once housed Enola Gay, the Boeing B29 that dropped the atomic bombs that devastated Hiroshima and Nagasaki, was closed. Anne Slowey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Fear and Self-Loathing in the American Southwest," 25 July 2018 Negativity provokes your hanger The research team from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ran two online experiments with about 400 participants. chicagotribune.com, "Your stressful office is making you hangry," 25 June 2018 For the most part, though, the Stalin-era atrocities are the ghastly background for the frantic intrigue of his hangers on. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, "Review: The Slapstick Horror of ‘The Death of Stalin’," 8 Mar. 2018 But despite her hanger, Chloe went on to become the youngest-ever gold medalist in the halfpipe event. Melissa Minton, Bon Appetit, "David Chang Congratulated Chloe Kim with Churro Ice Cream Sandwiches at the Winter Olympics 2018," 13 Feb. 2018 The children, ages 8, 9, and 12, were forced to do jumping jacks and beaten with a spatula and hanger, investigators say. Joel Langstein, Fox News, "Missouri man in custody after beating girlfriend's children, making them eat shoes, cops say," 2 Aug. 2018 Theft, Southland Drive: Marshalls' loss prevention employee saw a woman March 31 take five pieces of clothing off hangers and place them in her purse. Joanne Berger Dumound/special To Cleveland.com., cleveland.com, "Passenger arrested for outstanding warrant: Middleburg Heights police blotter," 5 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of hanger

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of hanger

: a usually curved piece of metal, plastic, or wood that is used for hanging clothing


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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