lanyard

noun
lan·​yard | \ ˈlan-yərd How to pronounce lanyard (audio) \

Definition of lanyard

1 : a piece of rope or line for fastening something in a ship especially : one of the pieces passing through deadeyes to extend shrouds or stays
2a : a cord or strap to hold something (such as a knife or a whistle) and usually worn around the neck
b : a cord worn as a symbol of a military citation
3 : a strong line used to activate a system (as in firing a cannon)

Examples of lanyard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The other was wearing a gray hoodie and light-blue jeans and carrying a blue lanyard. David Hernandez, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Man shot in Barrio Logan hotel lobby during argument," 13 Oct. 2020 The lanyard attaches to a mask's ear loops and sits on the wearer's back. Madison O'connor, USA TODAY, "Foggy glasses? Mask acne? How to solve 5 pandemic annoyances – without taking off the mask," 19 Aug. 2020 Fans must wear a badge issued by the school on a brightly colored lanyard. Lori Riley, courant.com, "Connecticut athletic directors talk challenges for upcoming fall high school sports season including limiting spectators and dealing with quarantined players," 25 Sep. 2020 The product shown resembles a watch, but it can be worn on a lanyard, wristband, or belt loop, IK Multimedia says. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Social distancing COVID-19 tech: New Safe Spacer beeps if people get closer than 6 feet," 14 Sep. 2020 The lanyard simply alerts employees to the wearer's need. Melissa Yeager, The Arizona Republic, "Need a little extra help navigating Phoenix airport? Here's how to let staff, TSA know," 31 Aug. 2020 Cisneros-Contreras said any traveler who feels in need of extra assistance and compassion is eligible to request a Compassion Cacti lanyard. Melissa Yeager, The Arizona Republic, "Need a little extra help navigating Phoenix airport? Here's how to let staff, TSA know," 31 Aug. 2020 Each ticket includes a tasting lanyard for barbecue and paired craft beer offerings. Mike Freeman, San Diego Union-Tribune, "SeaWorld San Diego set to reopen Friday on limited basis with Zoo Days," 24 Aug. 2020 The lanyard attaches to a mask's ear loops and sits on the wearer's back. Madison O'connor, USA TODAY, "Foggy glasses? Mask acne? How to solve 5 pandemic annoyances – without taking off the mask," 19 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of lanyard

1626, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for lanyard

Middle English lanyer thong, lanyard, from Anglo-French lanier

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The first known use of lanyard was in 1626

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27 Oct 2020

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“Lanyard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lanyard. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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lanyard

noun
lan·​yard | \ ˈlan-yərd How to pronounce lanyard (audio) \

Kids Definition of lanyard

1 : a short rope or cord used as a fastening on ships
2 : a cord worn around the neck to hold something (as a knife or whistle)
3 : a strong cord with a hook at one end used in firing a cannon

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