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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Many sport smudged eye black on their cheeks and wear necklaces made of plastic dog bones in honor of the team’s mascot, a bull mastiff named Chomps. Charlotte Wilder,, "A Desperate Hope in Cleveland," 8 Sep. 2019 Bergman reportedly chose Bulgari jewels to telegraph her character’s affluence, picking out a platinum-and-diamond necklace with a 70.75-carat emerald cabochon and a gold-​and-​diamond parure from the brand’s Via Condotti store in Rome. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Bulgari's Special Jewelry Collection Takes Its Cue from Classic Films," 26 Aug. 2019 A few minutes later, Braiden picked up Owen and held him on the living room couch as Brendt brought out Mother’s Day gifts: a pink card with a heart on the front, and a silver necklace with a pendant — the Tree of Life. Samantha Schmidt, Washington Post, "Braiden Schirtzinger is non-binary, pregnant and about to take on the most gendered role of all," 16 Aug. 2019 The pearls are finally swapped out for a vintage jewelry set from Playclothes Vintage Fashions in Los Angeles — a two-tone purple and pink necklace with white flowers and beads and earrings to match. Lindsay Weinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Why Dressing for 'Why Women Kill' Was a "Costume Designer's Dream"," 15 Aug. 2019 Stolen were seven Cartier watches, one Franck Muller watch, a necklace with a 2.2 karat diamond, a 2-karat diamond ring, 20 miscellaneous pieces of jewelry, watches and gold bars. La Cañada Valley Sun, "Crime Report: 6 more La Cañada homes targeted by burglars since July 30," 7 Aug. 2019 In 1956 Van Cleef designed a gold necklace with a Mystere IV fighter jet attached to it and a line of graduating circular cut diamonds. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "How the Moon Landing Changed Jewelry History," 17 July 2019 Maybe you're drawn to this multi-strand statement necklace with cloudy slate beads, or this delicate gold ring with contrasting pink baguette crystals. Allure, "All This Baublebar Jewelry Is Discounted for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale," 12 July 2019 Offering stud earrings and a necklace with a pendant in sterling silver, 14 karat gold, or brass, prices range from $40 to $380. Sara Radin, Teen Vogue, "Ada Chen Is the Asian Artist Turning Stereotypes About Chinese Americans Into Jewelry," 27 May 2019

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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 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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