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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Options include The One Ring from The Lord of the Rings; necklaces for Game of Thrones’ Melisandre, Daenerys, or Margaery Tyrell; Hermione’s timeturner from Harry Potter; and Zelda’s bracelet from Breath of the Wild. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "This Halloween, use a 3D-printed prop to complete your last-minute costume," 27 Oct. 2018 Van Hook stole a leather jacket and necklaces before fleeing, records say. Andrew Welsh-huggins, The Seattle Times, "Ohio begins preparations to execute killer of man met in bar," 16 July 2018 Its rings, earrings, bracelets, and necklaces needed to be honestly priced but also ethically-sourced; AUrate’s gold is recycled., "Affordable & Ethically Sourced Diamonds You Can Try Before You Buy," 13 July 2018 Court filings say this included $27.3 million to buy a 22-carat pink diamond necklace for Najib’s wife. Washington Post, "Ex-Malaysia leader’s arrest part of a swift fall from grace," 3 July 2018 Prosecutors say that hundreds of millions of dollars from the fund appeared in Mr. Najib’s personal account and was spent on luxury items, including a 22-carat pink diamond necklace, worth $27.3 million, for his wife. New York Times, "A Stunning, Sudden Fall for Najib Razak, Malaysia’s ‘Man of Steal’," 15 May 2018 Facing her wall of artifacts—pottery, bracelets, and necklaces dating back to the Song dynasty (a.d. Michael Lapointe, The Atlantic, "The Twisted Tale of the World’s Largest Pearl," 11 May 2018 Kennedy sits in her kitchen, wearing a police whistle on a lanyard like a necklace for protection, a cup of tea before her. Amy Scattergood,, "At 95, Mexican food expert Diana Kennedy is growing her own coffee and making her own tortillas," 27 Apr. 2018 Anthony Stanford's mother clenched a cross necklace wrapped around her hand as the verdict was read. Cory Shaffer,, "Cleveland man who shot friend during dinner party found guilty of involuntary manslaughter," 14 Mar. 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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