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 neckb : a cord worn as a symbol of a military citation
3 : a strong line used to activate a system (as in firing a cannon)
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The Diocese of Grand Rapids this week issued a statement with an update on the investigation, saying the student was fiddling with a pepper spray canister that was on a lanyard that also held keys.
The iBelieve is a $13 cap and lanyard for the iPod shuffle that turns the player into a cross when hung around your neck.
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Origin and Etymology of lanyard
Middle English lanyer thong, lanyard, from Anglo-French lanier
First Known Use: 1626
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Definition of lanyard for Students
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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