hang·​er | \ ˈhaŋ-ər \

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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Recently an Amazon search for clothing hangers led to an Amazon search for white cowboy boots which led to an Amazon purchase of one of my most essential fall outfit pieces ever. Tara Gonzalez, Glamour, "These 18 Items from Amazon Transformed All My Fall Outfits," 28 Sep. 2018 Punch a hole before baking to create edible hangers. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Sugar Cookie Ornaments," 20 Nov. 2017 Turn the file on its side and attach to the wall using nails or removable wall hangers. Sarah Newell, Seventeen, "10 DIY Dorm Decor Hacks That Even Lazy Girls Can Do," 19 June 2017 Once the hanger is in position, hold it with one hand and grab the doorknob with other, applying some turning force in the direction the knob would turn if it were unlocked. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "How to Open a Locked Door Without the Key," 28 Nov. 2018 Which is to say, a thriller was a thriller, constructed of cliff-hangers and carefully calibrated revelations that (ideally) left you hungry for more. Chloe Schama, Vogue, "Bodyguard Is the Best Political Thriller Since Homeland," 24 Oct. 2018 Uniform hangers are the most important thing when organizing a closet space. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "This Is Exactly How You Can Recreate Jessie James Decker's Rainbow Closet," 15 Aug. 2018 Weems’ nervous Nellie Trinculo is the consummate hanger-on. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "'The Tempest' at the Old Globe: Kate Burton casts a benevolent spell as Prospera," 26 June 2018 The focus is on the curved display and practical touches, like the headset hanger that slides out from its side. Cameron Faulkner, The Verge, "MSI’s FreeSync gaming monitor is $189.99 at Newegg," 3 Oct. 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 \

Kids Definition of hanger

: a device on which something hangs a clothes hanger

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