lanyard

noun lan·yard \ ˈlan-yərd \
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

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
2 a : 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)

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Origin and Etymology of lanyard

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

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lanyard

noun lan·yard \ ˈlan-yərd \

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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