pendant

noun
pen·​dant | \ ˈpen-dənt How to pronounce pendant (audio) ; senses 3 & 4 are also ˈpe-nənt How to pronounce pendant (audio) , sense 5 is also päⁿ-ˈdäⁿ How to pronounce pendant (audio) \
variants: or less commonly pendent

Definition of pendant

1 : something suspended: such as
a : an ornament (as on a necklace) allowed to hang free A turquoise pendant hung on her necklace.
b : an electrical fixture suspended from the ceiling hung an incandescent light pendant from the ceiling over the reading area
2 : a hanging ornament of roofs or ceilings much used in the later styles of Gothic architecture
3 : a length of line usually used as a connector on a boat or ship especially : a short rope hanging from a spar and having at its free end a block or spliced thimble (see thimble sense 2a)
4 chiefly British : pennant sense 1a
5a : companion piece The portrait of his father is a pendant to the one of his mother.
b : something secondary or supplementary The illustration is an apt pendant to the poem.

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Synonyms for pendant

Synonyms

bangle, charm, lavaliere (also lavalliere)

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Did You Know?

Most pendants are purely decorative. But a pendant may also hold a picture or a lock of hair of a lover or a child. And, perhaps because they hang protectively in front of the body and near the heart, pendants have often had symbolic and magical purposes. Thus, a pendant may be a charm or amulet, or its gems or metals may be felt to have health-giving properties. In architecture, a pendant is an ornament that hangs down from a structure, but unlike a necklace pendant it's usually solid and inflexible.

Examples of pendant in a Sentence

Navajo necklaces with pendants finely crafted in genuine sky-blue turquoise. a pendant that once flew on Nelson's flagship

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Start with a discreet, less grandiose overhead fixture—say, a pendant light with an alabaster globe that diffuses the glare. Kathryn O’shea-evans, WSJ, "Goodbye, Showy Chandeliers. Hello, Low-Key Lighting That Transforms Rooms," 25 Jan. 2019 The dark counters add a level of sophistication, and the OTTAVA pendant light makes a statement over the island. Jessica Dailey, Good Housekeeping, "Your Style," 11 Feb. 2019 Kitted out with marble tables and ’70s-style globe pendant lamps, Po is known for embellishing homestyle classics. Robyn Eckhardt, WSJ, "Two Strategic Days in Singapore: Where to Splurge, Where to Save," 4 Jan. 2019 With a light source that's almost 7 feet away from the base, the Arco can illuminate a dining table or large sofa from above, like a pendant light on a base. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "The Arco Floor Lamp Is the Perfect Solution for Rooms Without Overhead Lighting," 5 Feb. 2019 The oil painting by artist Nicky Philipps shows Her Majesty looking very regal in ceremonial robes and Order of Thistle collar, which features a pendant of St. Andrews — the highest order of chivalry in Scotland, says People. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Queen Elizabeth II Has a Regal New Portrait in Scotland," 30 Nov. 2018 The pendant more than tripled the previous world auction record for a pearl, which was held by a necklace that once belonged to Elizabeth Taylor. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Marie Antoinette's Pearl Pendant Sells for a Record-Breaking $36 Million at Auction," 15 Nov. 2018 Lighting makes a huge difference, too: Recessed lights cost about $150 a piece to install, and over-the-island pendants start around $150. Brett Martin, House Beautiful, "What A Kitchen Renovation Actually Costs," 13 July 2018 The links represent a single thistle and four interlinked sprigs of rue, and a pendant portraying St. Andrew carrying the cross of his martyrdom hangs down the center, according to the royal family. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince William's Super Ornate Outfit in Scotland Is Full of Royal Symbolism," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of pendant

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pendant

Middle English pendaunt, from Anglo-French pendant, from present participle of pendre to hang, from Vulgar Latin *pendere, from Latin pendēre; akin to Latin pendere to weigh, estimate, pay, pondus weight

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pendant

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pendant

: a piece of jewelry that hangs on a chain or a cord which is worn around your neck

pendant

noun
pen·​dant | \ ˈpen-dənt How to pronounce pendant (audio) \

Kids Definition of pendant

: a piece of jewelry hanging on a chain or cord that is worn around the neck

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