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 When in doubt, store the item flat instead of on a hanger. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "How to Care for Vintage and Delicate Garments," 3 May 2021 Jamie struggled to manage his daughter’s affairs while others in her inner circle — such as companion Sam Lutfi, portrayed in the documentary as a celebrity hanger-on — vied for control. Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, "Everything you need to know about why Britney Spears is back in the news," 10 Feb. 2021 To hang your finished spring wreath, use a hook or hanger. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, "How to Make a Faux Cherry Blossom Wreath That's Perfect for Spring," 19 Apr. 2021 The Von Dohlen door hanger also looks for proof of Courage’s socialist leanings in his willingness to raise a fist last June during a council moment of silence for local African Americans killed in police shootings. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, "Garcia: North Side challenger brands councilman a 'socialist neighbor'," 17 Apr. 2021 Why does a basketball arena look like an airplane hanger? Mark Lamster, Dallas News, "The 10 best and worst Dallas buildings, 40 years after ‘Why Is Dallas Architecture So Bad?’," 18 Dec. 2020 There is a sawtooth hanger on the back for quick and easy installation. Chris Hachey, BGR, "Best Personalized Family Sign," 5 Apr. 2021 For those old enough to remember his early days in Hollywood, Emmett is still Mark Wahlberg’s former personal assistant, the hard-partying hanger-on who helped inspire the character Turtle on HBO’s Entourage. Joshua Hunt, Vulture, "The King of the Geezer Teasers," 31 Mar. 2021 Meet the new, stress-free way to hang heavyweight mirrors and artwork on drywall—just push the steel claws of this hanger into the wall for a secure lock that holds up to 45 pounds with no stud or tools. Kristi Valentini, Woman's Day, "41 Home Products to Add to Your Cart ASAP," 18 Feb. 2021

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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 17 May. 2021.

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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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