neck·​lace | \ˈne-kləs \

Definition of necklace 

1 : an ornament worn around the neck

2 : something likened to a necklace especially in forming a linked series or a circular pattern a necklace of islands

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Synonyms for necklace


choker, collar, dog collar, lei

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Examples of necklace in a Sentence

found a lovely necklace to match the bracelet and ring her mother had given her

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Many of the women guests followed the white theme, but art maven Deedie Rose, chatelaine of the stupendous Rose House, wore vibrant pastels to match her art necklace (Rose had curated some artist jewels for the silent auction). Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "During a Weekend in Dallas, Hamish Bowles Takes in the City’s Vibrant Art Scene From its Public and Private Museums," 1 Nov. 2018 And it's now been revealed that her necklace holds a special significance, and is, in fact, a tribute to New Zealand. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's Spiral Necklace Has Such a Special Story Behind It," 28 Oct. 2018 At the end of episode five, a present-day Mr. Robinson (a vet who served with Jack) gives Kevin a stack full of letters and a photo of Jack with the woman wearing his necklace. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'This Is Us' Fans Have Intense Theories About the Woman Wearing Jack’s Necklace in Episode 5," 24 Oct. 2018 Meghan accessorized with a matching dark green Gabriela Hearst Nina bag, her sweet Ginette NY 'Mini Wolf' chain necklace, and Missoma bracelets and rings. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Wears a Green Leather Hugo Boss Skirt for Her Royal Visit to Sussex with Prince Harry," 3 Oct. 2018 The bright blue fabric featuring yellow, turquoise and lavender flowers pulled at the eyes, and against it, the pale pink stones of her necklace seemed a conservative choice. Theresa Vargas, Washington Post, "This 87-year-old D.C. woman just made it easier for you to keep your independence," 27 June 2018 Dozens of fans, mostly women and gay men, downed big glasses of white wine and wore their best statement necklaces, a trademark of the Countess. Beth Spotswood,, "‘Real Housewives’ star Luann de Lesseps is a cabaret queen at the Nikko," 26 June 2018 An ancient Mexican clock hangs on his necklace—a gift from EOS cofounder Brock Pierce. Jen Wieczner, Fortune, "Dreaming of a Crypto Christmas With Ethereum Cofounder Anthony Di Iorio," 15 June 2018 As polished as one of the diamonds on her $150,000,000 diamond necklace. Morgan Baila,, "We Were Right About Anne Hathaway," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of necklace

1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of necklace

: a piece of jewelry that is worn around your neck


neck·​lace | \ˈne-kləs \

Kids Definition of necklace

: a piece of jewelry (as a string of beads) worn around the neck

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