lan·​yard ˈlan-yərd How to pronounce lanyard (audio)
: 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
: a cord or strap to hold something (such as a knife or a whistle) and usually worn around the neck
: a cord worn as a symbol of a military citation
: a strong line used to activate a system (as in firing a cannon)

Examples of lanyard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Around his neck, below his silver hairline, is a lanyard from the Library of Congress that holds his keys. John McMurtrie, Los Angeles Times, 6 Sep. 2023 Online, companies sell hundreds of colorful tracker holders for children including wristbands, keychains, lanyards and pins. Heather Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, 26 July 2023 On a ledge near her apartment window, Hogan has set up a makeshift memorial for Danny, with his work lanyard and a little plumber doll. Nushrat Rahman, Detroit Free Press, 10 Sep. 2023 The detention pin with wire lanyard makes the disassembly easy. L. Daniela Alvarez, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Sep. 2023 The presidential duo, alongside Congressman Morgan McGarvey, greeted the crowd of Ford workers and distributed whistles and lanyards to members, a tactic borrowed from the UPS Teamsters. Olivia Evans, The Courier-Journal, 24 Aug. 2023 The image was posted on Telegram on Thursday, appearing to show Prigozhin shaking hands with a man wearing a lanyard matching the branding of the summit. Patrick Smith, NBC News, 28 July 2023 Stringing Beads Your 1-year-old can string beads on a thick lanyard or pipe cleaners, as long as the beads aren’t small enough to present a choking hazard. Nicole Harris, Parents, 19 Aug. 2023 The pint-sized detector is on a lanyard, providing maximum portability. Quincy Bulin, Better Homes & Gardens, 11 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1626, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of lanyard was in 1626

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Cite this Entry

“Lanyard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition


lan·​yard ˈlan-yərd How to pronounce lanyard (audio)
: a rope or line for fastening something in ships
: a cord worn around the neck or shoulder to hold a knife or whistle
: a strong cord used in firing a cannon

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