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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That same year, Britney Spears, the queen of the low-rise hip-hangers, performed in a frayed incarnation complete with an above-the-navel white crop top at the 29th American Music Awards. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Are Trashy-Chic, Extreme Ripped Jeans Officially Back?," 21 June 2018 The lava lamp at the lounge-y area with cushy seating might tip you off to that, or the profusion of macrame plant hangers (one holds a basket of fresh citrus at the bar). Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "It's a bar. It's a restaurant. It's the out-of-ordinary Snack Boys in Walker's Point," 1 May 2018 All artwork must be framed, stretched or mounted to durable material, and ready for hanging with D-ring hangers, wire, or equivalent. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Ever dreamed of having your art hang in City Hall? Now's your chance," 14 June 2018 Indeed, Trump’s surprise win spawned a boom for confidants and hangers-on pitching access and guidance. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: 'Those people are getting paid:' Cohen's side work highlights how Trump allies are refilling swamp," 10 May 2018 In a video released by the sheriff's office, the man is shown walking right past the store's anti-theft columns and out the doors while carrying a bunch of clothes, which still seem to be on their hangers. Jane Wester, charlotteobserver, "This guy went in Dick's Sporting Goods, picked up an armful of clothes and walked out," 12 June 2018 Oil dispersant is pumped from a tank to a plane by workers at a hanger in Houma on May 5, 2010. Tristan Baurick, NOLA.com, "Sunlight weakens chemical dispersants used to cleanup oil spills, research shows," 25 Apr. 2018 Despite her hanger, winning gold certainly turned her mood around. Blake Bakkila, Health.com, "7 Food Posts From Olympic Snowboarder Chloe Kim That Are Too Relatable," 13 Feb. 2018 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

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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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