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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Over time, the royal acquired more pieces, including the teardrop necklace (in the photo above). Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle's Top 5 Favorite Jewelry Brands of All Time," 2 Jan. 2019 Meanwhile, North looks equally stylish in a beige tulle dress, gold sandals, a little jewel necklace, and straightened hair. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "North West Directed a Photoshoot with Kim Kardashian and It's Obviously Perfect," 18 Dec. 2018 The good news doesn't stop there: Now through November 27, use the code CYBER35 at checkout to get 35% off pretty much everything on the site including necklaces, earrings, rings, and more. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "The $42 BaubleBar Alidia Ring That Had a 1,000 Person Waitlist Is Back," 26 Nov. 2018 The report’s authors say their research shows that the elephant’s skin is ground into powder and sold in China as a cure for stomach ailments, as well as being fashioned into beads for necklaces, bracelets and pendants. Washington Post, "Asian elephants said at risk from Chinese demand for skin," 25 Apr. 2018 That’s why the Time Stone is in a necklace, the Mind Stone in a scepter, the Space Stone in the Tesseract, etc. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "Everything to Know About Marvel’s Infinity Stones Before You See Avengers: Infinity War," 24 Apr. 2018 Female, 29, and female, 25, victims of vehicle burglary and vandalism involving an $80 purse, $70 necklace, $30 wallet, $20 in cash, a $10 wallet and several credit cards and miscellaneous papers, 15500 Thornbush Road. Ramona Sentinel, "Sheriff's Reports: April 8-15," 17 Apr. 2018 Chloe x Halle and Luka Sabbat star in the show, too; in one scene, Sabbat wears Balenciaga’s Bernie Sanders–inspired logo hoodie and a tangle of his own necklaces. Emily Farra, Vogue, "The Most Stylish Movies and TV Shows of 2018," 17 Dec. 2018 Her classic smoky quartz necklace adds a unique point-of-view to any outfit. Laura Stoloff, WSJ, "Senior Market Editor Laura Stoloff’s Holiday Gift Guide: Destination Style," 12 Dec. 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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