neck·​lace | \ ˈne-kləs How to pronounce necklace (audio) \

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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Though skip the weighty necklaces and chokers in favor of a fun crossbody bag. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "These Coachella Outfit Ideas Are So Good, You'll Be Watching the Likes Roll In," 7 Mar. 2019 In the first, Rafa delivers the dowry stipulated by Úrsula (Carmiña Martinez), the matriarch of her tribe: 30 goats, 20 cows, five necklaces and two decorative mules. WSJ, "‘Birds of Passage’ Review: Splendor and the Grass," 14 Feb. 2019 There are embroidered flowers around the neck that almost create the illusion of a necklace, and there are dragons covertly sewn in—imagery that Abbott wanted to add to give an edge to the otherwise all-out glamorous look. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Awards Season Is in Full Swing and Jorja Smith’s Red Carpet Style Has Never Been Better," 27 Feb. 2019 Halsey hit the red carpet for the Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas wearing a dress that was basically just a continuous strand of diamond necklaces. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Halsey Wore a Bunch of Layered Necklaces as a Gown and That's It," 19 Nov. 2018 On a recent afternoon, a photographer was taking pictures of a necklace that the maker had filled with her mother’s ashes. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "Bad product photos can hinder a small business. This company is trying to help.," 14 Nov. 2018 Parpala Jewelry: Find your signature accessory or assemble a stack of necklaces at Parpala Jewelry’s Labor Day sale. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "80+ Labor Day Sales That Are Definitely Worth Shopping This Year," 28 Aug. 2018 Standing in a semicircle surrounding Franklin’s family, the women filed in for nearly 10 minutes wearing black dresses, pearl necklaces, and corsages of African violets, the sorority’s official flower. Errin Haines Whack, The Seattle Times, "Delta Sigma Theta pays tribute to soror, the Queen of Soul," 28 Aug. 2018 Police estimated the loss of the necklace and damage to the car to be $2,000. Steve Schering,, "Two men attack, rob pedestrian on Maple Avenue in Oak Park, police say," 18 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 How to pronounce necklace (audio) \

Kids Definition of necklace

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

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