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 ad features two photos: one of President Trump clapping and the other of several red-MAGA-hat-wearing young men who may be Hispanic, one of whom is wearing a Trump 2016 lanyard. NBC News, "Trump campaign targets Latinos in new Miami ads," 27 June 2019 For $25, children ages 14 and younger receive a limited-edition cap; a lanyard; a membership card; and a ticket voucher redeemable for four lower-level tickets to any value, classic or select home game. Nathan Ruiz,, "Orioles announce minor league coaching staffs; Ryan Flaherty reportedly hired by Padres; Chris Davis honored," 25 Nov. 2019 The reps told superintendents that by that logic, the lanyards workers at the facility wear could also be used to choke workers. Esteban Parra, USA TODAY, "Delaware worker says agency barred her from wearing hijab on the job," 17 Oct. 2019 Their solution was to provide visitors with headphones and iPod Touches that attach to lanyards around their necks. New York Times, "A Sound-and-Art Show Fills a Void for Muslims in Brooklyn," 9 Sep. 2019 Metzler's guitar was still inside the car, but Childs' purse, credit cards, VT ID and lanyard, camera, and cellphone were taken. Fox News, "Virginia police renew investigation into decade-old double murder of teens with new reward," 25 Aug. 2019 Special throws to be on the lookout for include figurines on lanyards, swords, spears, footballs, frisbees, koozies, and cups. Carol Wolfram,, "Slidell Mardi Gras krewes ready to roll into 2018 season," 24 Jan. 2018 Tickets cost $100 for general admission and $230 for the fancy VIP lanyard, which includes 6:30 p.m. early admission, free parking, a VIP gift bag and access to a VIP lounge. Phillip Valys,, "Orange Bowl Food and Wine Celebration rolls into Fort Lauderdale with celebrity judges, bottomless feast," 16 Sep. 2019 The woman wore a lanyard identifying her as a blocker for a company hired by Generation Now, the pro-HB6 group. Andrew J. Tobias,, "Nuclear bailout referendum petitioner calls cops over confrontation with petition ‘blocker’," 11 Sep. 2019

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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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13 Dec 2019

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“Lanyard.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 15 December 2019.

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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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