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 What: With more than 12 bars participating, participants receive a complimentary mug, passport with a lanyard for drink specials at all of the participating bars and a donation for Toys for Tots to help children get toys this holiday season. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 18 Nov. 2020 Those purchasing a Miami Mashup jersey at the event will receive, while supplies last, a gift package that includes a Miami Mashup bag, headband, lanyard, and cell phone credit-card holder. Ira Winderman,, 13 Nov. 2021 In the leasing office, one of the building managers glanced at my census lanyard and rolled her eyes. Jeremy Miller, Harper's Magazine, 26 Oct. 2021 Video showed a man – determined to be Blake, according to the complaint – with an Acura lanyard and a body type consistent with the shooter in the restaurant security video. Fox News, 24 Oct. 2021 The Milwaukee Bucks had just won the 2021 NBA championship on July 20 when the pager Tonia Liddell wears on a lanyard around her neck beeped three times. Los Angeles Times, 19 Sep. 2021 Microsoft also showed off an inexpensive sticker-and-lanyard pack to help people with disabilities navigate their hardware. Brenda Stolyar, Wired, 22 Sep. 2021 General admission: $75, $250 for the fancy VIP lanyard, which includes 5:30 p.m. early access plus restaurant food pairings with Caymus Wines. Phillip Valys,, 8 Sep. 2021 Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, to get your scavenger hunt clues, lanyard and starting pin. Dallas News, 1 Sep. 2021

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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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“Lanyard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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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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