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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Each student made a meat turner, with a sharp, curled tip to hook a steak, a two-pronged fork that resembled demon horns, and a spatula or shovel — along with matching hangers. Josh Baugh, ExpressNews.com, "In San Antonio, old-world blacksmithing yields new tools," 17 June 2019 Dee Dee tracked her down and punished her severely – taking away her phone, smashing her computer, hitting her with hangers. Elena Nicolaou, refinery29.com, "The True Story That Inspired The Act Is Really Something," 14 June 2019 Simply stick them to the wall with removable strips, or hang them with plate hangers. Sarah Shelton, Good Housekeeping, "10 Cheap and Cheerful Ways to Update Your Kitchen," 30 May 2019 Wire art hangers give proper recognition to mini masterpieces, which can be switched up easily—kiddos can even hang their own. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "How to Create the World's Most Insane Playroom," 24 May 2019 Hogg enlisted production designer Stephane Collone to build a replica of the interiors, based on Hogg’s memory, on a RAF aircraft hanger. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "This London Flat is the Site of A Director's First Cinematic Love," 20 May 2019 The exhaust lost a hanger and one of the the rocker panels kissed a rock, but after installing a new Yokohama, the Telluride drives like new. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The Kia Telluride Has Some Serious Off-Road Chops," 7 May 2019 The tidy, matching hangers remind me that my clothes (and myself) are worth treating well. Dawn Nadeau, Good Housekeeping, "How I Totally Changed My Life to Finally Get Organized," 28 Dec. 2018 Produced by Jordan Peele, this Amazon series tells that story through interviews with Lorena, her ex-husband John, and the police and hangers-on who watched at the time. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "8 True Crime TV Shows of 2019 You Can't Look Away From," 15 Apr. 2019

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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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