Definition of pendant in English:


Line breaks: pen|dant
Pronunciation: /ˈpɛnd(ə)nt


  • 1A piece of jewellery that hangs from a chain worn round the neck: a jade-green pendant on a gold chain
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    • Gold and silver jewellery pendants, earrings and bracelets in the shape of hearts, have made their appearance.
    • Learn to make all types of jewellery - bracelets, pendants, brooches and rings, easily and affordably.
    • My palm was clammy from holding onto the gold pendant hanging from my neck for so long in the summer temperature.
  • 1.1A necklace with a pendant: I slipped the pendant over my neck
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    • The trend has changed so radically that pretty, feminine summer dresses, hot tropical prints and sweet pastels look positively unfinished without necklaces, bangles, pendants and earrings.
    • Sipping drinks and smoking like chimneys, the crowd flocked the ramp from all side as models presented sequences for earrings, pendants, necklaces and bracelets.
    • The collection has necklaces, earrings, pendants, rings, and bracelets.
    locket, medallion, drop, stone; necklace, chain
  • 2A light designed to hang from the ceiling: decorative pendants may need a special ceiling fitting
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    • For the exhibit, she designed a leather pendant light incorporating fibre optics.
    • At a recent meeting it was agreed to look for a new grant to service the installation of lights, pendants, door locks, window locks and door views.
    • The group have installed telephones, pendants, sensor lights and provided security locks for a large number of people in the areas.
  • 3The part of a pocket watch by which it is suspended.
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    • At a loss for words, the boy could only stare, gaping at his pendant that now lay suspended in the air before his very eyes.
    • If someone needs help if she has fallen and can't get up, she can now click on a pendant or wristwatch that taps into a support system.
    • He closed the pendant and tenderly tucked it into his pocket.
  • 3.1A short rope hanging from the head of a ship’s mast, yardarm, or clew of a sail, used for attaching tackles.
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    • They are trained to locate, detect and attach recovery pendants in deep water.
  • 4 /ˈpɛnd(ə)nt, ˈpɒ̃dɒ̃/ An artistic, literary, or musical composition intended to match or complement another: the triptych’s pendant will occupy the corresponding wall in the south transept
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    • The suspended hulls, which are conceived as a pendant to the vases, seem to confirm the artist's preoccupation with history.
    • And the detached, studied, as well as learned tone of his work acts as a pendant to his quest for self-knowledge.
    • His somewhat more compact work, liberally illustrated with colour, was published by the Royal Collection and forms a happy pendant to Russell.
  • 5 Nautical A tapering flag.


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  • Hanging downwards; pendent: pendant flowers on frail stems
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    • It's this tale and the attractive, pendant cream flowers, smattered within by deep pink spots, that wins so many votes.
    • Rise and fall flexes from pendant lights mean you can pull the light down for atmosphere and push up for more general light.
    • People over the age of 65 living alone or with another person over the same age are entitled to apply for a safe and secure pendant medical alarm unit.


Middle English (denoting an architectural decoration projecting downwards): from Old French, literally 'hanging', present participle of the verb pendre, from Latin pendere.

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