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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According to former follower Niki Lopez, who later testified against York in court, children were forced to live separately from their parents and were beaten with wire hangers and broom sticks and sometimes starved by York’s concubines. Christine Pelisek, PEOPLE.com, "The Story Behind a Black Supremacist Cult That Lived in Egyptian-Themed Compound in Rural Georgia," 6 July 2018 Her daughter, Mary, 28, whose painting of Tucker on a clothes hanger is hanging on the wall, calls to check in. Joel Selvin, San Francisco Chronicle, "Linda Ronstadt back in public eye, and it’s not so easy," 27 May 2018 This genius hanger set is truly a life-saver for the space-challenged. Melanie Yates, Woman's Day, "The Best Way To Store Your Fall Boots," 14 Sep. 2015 Most recently, Japanese retailer Muji has been fined for coat-hanger packaging that described Taiwan as a country. Katie Hunt, CNN, "China's ramping up pressure on Taiwan," 28 May 2018 Another hormone, called Neuropeptide Y, plays a role in hanger too, adds Dr. Adimoolam. Julia Naftulin, Health.com, "It's Not in Your Head: Feeling Hangry Is a Very Real Thing," 27 Sep. 2017 Interior scenes – like that infamous one where Crawford beat her daughter with a wire hanger – were filmed on a near-identical copy of the home on the Paramount lot. Devin Alessio, ELLE Decor, "Live Like Joan Crawford In The Mansion From "Mommie Dearest"," 30 June 2016 Collins’ office declined to comment about the hangers. Holly Honderich, USA TODAY, "Pro-choice activists send hangers to Sen. Collins, hoping to influence her vote on court," 6 July 2018 Nora in Salem, Ore. Dear Readers: Here are some uses for old wire hangers: Straighten out and use as a trellis for potted plants. Houston Chronicle, "A lack of privacy," 10 June 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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