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 If someone isn’t home when the installer comes, then a door hanger will be left to notify the customer the meter has been changed or asking for an appointment to change the meter. Cameron Fields, cleveland, 4 June 2021 There is a sawtooth hanger on the back for quick and easy installation. Chris Hachey, BGR, 2 June 2021 When all the flowers are attached (and the glue has dried completely), use the hanger on the back to hang your creation in your home. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 26 May 2021 Meanwhile, Salt, a 2010 spy caper led by Jolie, ended on a cliff-hanger but failed to yield sequels, despite the film raking in healthy box-office returns. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, 15 May 2021 Centered on a bunch of space warriors who make Delta Force look like Brownies, the series works its merry way toward a cliff-hanger. Gregory Mcnamee, CNN, 4 May 2021 When in doubt, store the item flat instead of on a hanger. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 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, 10 Feb. 2021 To hang your finished spring wreath, use a hook or hanger. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 19 Apr. 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 12 Jun. 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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