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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Millennial style-setter Paris Jackson wore eclectic layers of necklaces and bracelets to a fashion show in Burbank, Calif., this month. Ray A. Smith, WSJ, "To Reach Millennials, High-End Jewelers Try New Products—and Approach," 19 June 2018 Bella further piled on the jewelry, both with multiple necklaces around her neck and fingers-full of rings. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Bella Thorne Wears Fuzzy Slippers and Socks in Los Angeles," 13 July 2018 After a physical skirmish ensued, TMZ continues to claim that YG picked up the necklace medallion straight off the floor before fleeing the scene, according to surveillance footage. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "YG Arrested in Las Vegas For Felony Robbery Charges: Report," 13 July 2018 Kardashian West accessorized her neutral ensemble with a pair of heeled boots and two gold necklaces. Maria Pasquini,, "Kim Kardashian & Kanye West Return from Lakeside Getaway for 'Happy' Date Night in Malibu: Source," 7 July 2018 From top: Pearl necklace, $16,480,; Tiffany & Co. Rebecca Malinsky, WSJ, "How to Layer Necklaces Like an Instagram Star," 5 July 2018 Outside food and beverages are not allowed, except for pretzel necklaces. Jen Banowetz, Naperville Sun, "Naperville Ale Fest highlights 90 craft brewers," 5 July 2018 Sel sparkled in $12,000 diamond hoop earrings and her go-to $9,500 Tiffany & Co. diamond cross necklace. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Selena Gomez Wore $21.5k Worth of Diamonds to Her First Movie Premiere in Two Years," 2 July 2018 Mid-tier brands have been particularly hard hit, analysts say, as clothing companies like Gap, Ann Taylor and Chico's struggle to set themselves apart from a growing number of retailers hawking cardigans, chinos and statement necklaces. Abha Bhattarai,, "J.Crew, mired in debt, is trying to turn around its business," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of necklace

1577, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of necklace was in 1577

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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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