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 Lazar claims to have witnessed only one close range test flight, which took place inside the hanger at S4 just before sundown. Jordan Runtagh, PEOPLE.com, "The Storming of Area 51: A Covert Journey to the Heart of America’s Worst-Kept Secret," 13 Jan. 2020 The training takes place in more than 125,000 square feet of training space, four hangers and three runways. Jen Fifield, azcentral, "U.S. Military bases in Arizona have been training for the Iranian conflict. Here's how," 8 Jan. 2020 There are clothing hangers starting at two dollars, plastic storage bins for as little as five bucks, and decorative bins starting at just $7. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "Target's Storage Sale Is the Best Way to Kick off the New Year," 3 Jan. 2020 Guests at four-star facilities were more more likely to pocket items like towels, clothing hangers and batteries. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, "The strangest items stolen from hotels: Grand pianos, bathroom fixtures, sauna benches," 10 Dec. 2019 Traditionally, Rent the Runway items arrive in a reusable garment bag, equipped with hangers and plastic to protect each item. Alexis Benveniste, CNN, "Rent the Runway will bring vacation clothes straight to your hotel closet," 5 Dec. 2019 Ghani later joined Trump onstage for remarks to several hundred US soldiers gathered in an aircraft hanger. BostonGlobe.com, "BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan — President Trump paid an unannounced Thanksgiving Day visit to American troops in Afghanistan and declared that he had reopened peace negotiations with the Taliban, less than three months after scuttling talks, in hopes of ending 18 years of war.," 29 Nov. 2019 Install a bar with hangers or a retractable hanging rack. San Diego Union-Tribune, "ASK A DESIGNER: Drab and boring? Not these laundry rooms," 8 Oct. 2019 The mom-daughter duo left the L.A. store with bags full of colorful hangers, bedding and desk supplies after a successful shopping day. Sophie Dodd, PEOPLE.com, "These Celebrities Are Just as Obsessed with HomeGoods as the Rest of Us," 6 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of hanger

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Hanger.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hanger. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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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


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Kids Definition of hanger

: a device on which something hangs a clothes hanger

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