Definition of lanyard in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlanyərd/


1A rope threaded through a pair of deadeyes, used to adjust the tension in the rigging of a sailing vessel.
Example sentences
  • As the engine was lowered, the lanyard had actuated a valve that drove the hoist to its stowed position.
  • When using vertical lifelines, use a lanyard 2 or 3 feet shorter than the standard 6 feet.
  • The other three laughed and got the lanyards rigged up.
1.1A cord passed around the neck, shoulder, or wrist for holding a knife, whistle, or similar object.
Example sentences
  • I looked first at the camera, saved by the lanyard round my wrist.
  • Now, perhaps, we won't even be able to keep them in our inside pockets, but should keep them strung on a lanyard around our necks where they can be seen by both the police marksmen and the potential muggers who would steal them.
  • This year in San Diego, a lot of people were wearing badges that were not clipped-on or pinned but were instead on a little lanyard around their necks.


Late Middle English lanyer, in the general sense 'a short length of rope or line for securing something', from Old French laniere. The change in the ending in the 17th century was due to association with yard1.

Words that rhyme with lanyard


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Syllabification: lan·yard

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