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 At the same time, nothing is guaranteed, especially after season 2's heart-stopping cliff-hanger. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "Christina Applegate Addresses News That 'Dead to Me' Season 3 Will Be the End of the Series," 20 July 2020 If necessary, clear away any obstruction with a hooked wire cut from a clothes hanger. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Clean Your Dishwasher," 5 July 2020 Deliver breakfast in bed with a cheeky door hanger. Rachel Barrett, Country Living, "These Cheeky "Do Not Disturb" Door Hangers Will Win Mother's Day," 4 May 2020 The series ended on a cliff-hanger, leaving the opportunity for potential exploration in a follow-up cinematic release. Nicholas Rice, PEOPLE.com, "Idris Elba Teases Luther Return: 'We Are This Close to Making a Film'," 8 July 2020 That might mean, for instance, making a gas tank out of a plastic soda bottle, or an antenna out of a hanger. Ann Louise Bardach, Washington Post, "A glimpse of Cuba, beyond tourist sites and revolutionary heroes," 26 June 2020 The company’s owners — John Madden, a retired wallpaper hanger, and his 38-year-old son, Justin — quickly realized that the pandemic had given them a rare opportunity. John D. Tulenko, BostonGlobe.com, "Soaring sales for $4,500 puzzles? In a lockdown, it all fits," 20 June 2020 The league has been suspended since March and was paused at a cliff-hanger moment as Liverpool F.C. were on the verge of being crowned English champions for the first time in 30 years. NBC News, "Nigeria's nightlife dwindles amid coronavirus restrictions," 29 May 2020 Phillips popularized cliff-hangers and swelling organ music to ratchet up tension, and commercials for household goods like margarine and, yes, soap to wash it away. Time, "1957: Irna Phillips," 5 Mar. 2020

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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 11 Aug. 2020.

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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


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Kids Definition of hanger

: a device on which something hangs a clothes hanger

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