lan·yard | \ˈlan-yərd \

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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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 Mike Thompson, Detroit Free Press Garnett Mims carries a memento of his brother attached to a lanyard draped around his neck — a Red Cross volunteer badge. Allie Gross, Detroit Free Press, "Death on foot: Detroit leads large cities in pedestrian deaths," 2 July 2018 Miller also tried less-than-subtle approaches, like giving Jackson an App State lanyard for Christmas. Ethan Joyce, charlotteobserver, "Why former Hough High QB Jackson Gibbs is leaving UCLA to play at Appalachian State," 13 June 2018 Some of the onlookers wore lanyards with conference-type badges. Hanna Krueger,, "Coroner IDs 20-year-old killed at Garden Oaks Apartments," 9 May 2018 Two blocks west at the Euro Food Depot, a handful of customers wearing blue Qualcomm lanyards browsed the aisles of the small import market selling hard-to-find gourmet items from France like chestnut spread, pork rillettes and foie gras mousse. Pam Kragen,, "Qualcomm sale could affect surrounding community," 1 Mar. 2018 The way classroom doors are designed, many can only be locked from the outside using a key like the one that dangles from Ms. Blodgett’s ASU lanyard. Karina Bland, azcentral, "What stands between kids and shooters is sometimes just a locked door," 23 May 2018

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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 \

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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