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necklace Syllabification: neck·lace
Pronunciation: /ˈnekləs/

Definition of necklace in English:


1An ornamental chain or string of beads, jewels, or links worn around the neck.
Example sentences
  • Patrick has black spiky hair and wears a beaded necklace around his neck.
  • She placed her favorite gold necklace around her neck.
  • She wore a matching pearl necklace and had a dark complexion with bright brown eyes.
2(Chiefly in South Africa) a tire doused or filled with gasoline, placed around a victim’s neck, and set on fire.


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(Chiefly in South Africa) kill (someone) with a tire necklace.
Example sentences
  • The angry residents, definitely frustrated with the law enforcement approach to their distress calls, after slaughtering the bandits, even necklaced the corpses with tyres so that they could torch them.
  • ‘And in some ways the fear is that you will be necklaced here,’ he noted, ‘[that] you will have a flaming tire of lack of patriotism put around your neck.’
  • To this, Rasulullah replied, ‘If you wish to be necklaced with a garland of fire, you may accept it.’

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