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)

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Easier still are Hearst’s wallet necklaces, which are worn like a luxury lanyard, because who doesn’t want to be hands-free? Jessica Iredale, Town & Country, "When Did "Wearable" Become a Dirty Word in Fashion?," 27 Mar. 2019 Always Check the Brake Battery Trailers with electric brakes rely on a small gel-cell battery to initiate stopping when the breakaway lanyard is pulled. Mike Allen, Popular Mechanics, "How to Tow a Trailer," 6 Jan. 2017 Every year, the Michelin tire company gathers the smartest minds in transportation for Movin’On, three days of panels, presentations, and people wearing lanyard ID tags. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "Our Waste Tire Problem Is Getting Worse," 14 Aug. 2018 Access to that paddock usually requires at least two different lanyards and some kind of inside connection. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Open mind, wide open throttle: We go to our first NASCAR race," 15 Nov. 2018 This is true even if the space in question is located in a claustrophobic business district filled with angry people wearing lanyards with keycards on them. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "At the Pastagram, everyone was eating, and no one was taking pictures of it.," 15 Oct. 2018 Wohlenberg, who says she's never been assaulted, wears an alarm on her lanyard and says all her roommates carry pepper spray. Teresa Watanabe,, "Three decades before the #MeToo movement, UC San Diego led the way against sexual assault," 30 Apr. 2018 Danny Roy Salazar, 44, had a pattern of wearing a lanyard, occasionally carrying a clipboard and entering through the rear entrances of hotels, police said, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "Man disguised as delivery driver stole from Vegas hotels, police say," 24 June 2018 To pre- vent cutting, the lanyard (20) that connects it to the phone has steel braided sheathing on the outside and a heavy-gauge stainless-steel wire down the center. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "Things Come Apart: A Pay Phone," 27 Nov. 2015

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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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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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