hanger

noun
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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Vintage-look plant hanger: Perfect for trailing or small specimen plants. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Colorful, whimsical or classic, yard art can enhance your garden’s overall appeal," 3 July 2019 The mirror is a hanger, jewelry holder, and phone stand all in one. Tainaya Nash, House Beautiful, "This Space-Saving Mirror Is the One Thing Every College Student Should Own," 21 June 2019 Other tidying consultants list plastic hangers, small appliances, broken kitchenware, and much more as contributors to the trash toll. Alejandra Borunda, National Geographic, "Marie Kondo helps declutter homes. What does that mean for plastic waste?," 22 Mar. 2019 An antique silver clothing hanger that was likely used for a tallit, from a dealer in Fez, Morocco. Jennifer Alfano, WSJ, "Three Power Couples Discuss What It Takes to Collaborate Successfully," 9 Nov. 2018 Can be hung with a variety of hangers and is easy to install. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Colorful, whimsical or classic, yard art can enhance your garden’s overall appeal," 3 July 2019 Youth sports start to shed their innocence not long after T-ball, and teen hoops, in particular, is famously awash in corruption and full of hangers-on trying to claim a piece of some unsuspecting kid’s as-yet-unmonetized talent. Ben Mcgrath, The New Yorker, "The Brooklyn Startup Helping High-School Athletes Go Viral," 30 May 2019 Instead of nails or regular picture hooks, use screw hooks or earthquake-specific hangers installed directly into wall studs, not just the plaster, the Earthquake Alliance suggests. Steve Carney, latimes.com, "The 9 earthquake hazards lurking in your home," 13 July 2019 Borrego Air Ranch is built around a private air strip where residents’ garages double as airplane hangers. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Borrego Air Ranch: A desert community in peril," 7 July 2019

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First Known Use of hanger

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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hanger

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hanger

: a usually curved piece of metal, plastic, or wood that is used for hanging clothing

hanger

noun
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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