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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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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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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10 May 2021

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“Pendant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of pendant

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


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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