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
Recent Examples on the Web The client found the Swedish copper pendant, which ties into the copper range hood in the kitchen. Marni Elyse Katz, House Beautiful, 5 May 2022 His son, who had just graduated from high school, wore braces, a silver cross pendant, and a pair of Oakleys on top of a cap. Stephania Taladrid, The New Yorker, 30 Apr. 2022 So Patrick repurposed a Ruemmler lampshade into a pendant to spotlight and separate the dining area while also creating visual interest upon entrance at the end of the hall. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, 31 May 2022 The displaced queen is then immortalized in resin and crafted into a pendant or pin by a jewelry-making friend. Diane Bellcolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 May 2022 This outfit was more accessorized with a number of silver necklaces, including a silver cross pendant. Aimée Lutkin, ELLE, 22 May 2022 Wear it as is, or with a pendant, or layered with other necklaces. Bernd Fischer, Men's Health, 12 May 2022 The diamond, nicknamed The Rock, is a 228.31-carat pear-shaped gem that comes with a diamond and platinum pendant mounting signed by Cartier. Carol Besler, Robb Report, 12 May 2022 This year, Gal Gadot stars as the face of the Blue Book campaign and wears a Dandelion necklace with a transferable platinum pendant of over 12 carats. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 28 Apr. 2022 See More

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

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

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