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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A half dozen of them, compact as tanks, stuffed into sports shirts and cotton pants, each, around his monstrous neck, wearing a lanyard that listed number and position, name and schedule, tasks to be accomplished at the 2019 N.F.L. Scouting Combine. Dan Baum, Harpers Magazine, "September 2019," 19 Aug. 2019 Journal fashion columnist Jacob Gallagher says stylish men are starting to carry their phones on lanyards around their necks, like name tags on spelling bee contestants. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Heaven is an Ugly Summer Shoe," 12 July 2019 But instead of 200 select attendees, there are 3,000 of us shuffling around in lanyards, backpacks, and comfy shoes. James Vincent, The Verge, "I welcomed our new robot overlords at Amazon’s first AI conference," 27 June 2019 Game participants get a pin-on Fox character button and game winners can choose from a bandanna or lanyard prize. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "No badge? No problem at mostly free Comic-Con outdoor events," 19 July 2019 Teach responsibility: Girl Scout leader Debbie Fowler wants to teach the 14 members of Troop 931 more than selling cookies and making leather lanyards. Richard A. Marini,, "The secret second life of Bill Miller’s iced tea buckets," 11 June 2019 For those fans craving the fancy VIP lanyard, VIP Weekend passes cost $285 and include swag bags, VIP lounge access, merch discounts and early autograph access to celebrities. Phillip Valys,, "Florida Supercon 2019: Five events you can’t miss," 28 June 2019 Package features premium show seating, a commemorative lanyard, and an after-show Meet and Greet with Paw Patrol Live! Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "'Paw Patrol' is ready for action and rolling into Louisville with a live show," 17 June 2019 And on leather couches in the middle of the room, a cluster of students in scrubs chatted quietly, their IDs dangling from lanyards. NBC News, "Wobbly chairs and rolling desks: Schools are rethinking classroom design to encourage creativity," 22 June 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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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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