Pendant



[pen-duh nt] /ˈpɛn dənt/

noun, Also, .
1.
a hanging ornament, as an earring or the main piece suspended from a necklace.
2.
an ornament suspended from a roof, vault, or ceiling.
3.
a hanging electrical lighting fixture; chandelier.
4.
that by which something is suspended, as the ringed stem of a watch.
5.
a match, parallel, companion, or counterpart.
6.
Also, pennant. Nautical. a length of rope attached to a masthead, the end of a yardarm, etc., and having a block or thimble secured to its free end.
adjective
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/ˈpɛndənt/
noun
1.

2.
a hanging light, esp a chandelier
3.
a carved ornament that is suspended from a ceiling or roof
4.
something that matches or complements something else
5.
(nautical) Also called pennant. a length of wire or rope secured at one end to a mast or spar and having a block or other fitting at the lower end
adjective
6.
a variant spelling of pendent
n.

early 14c., “loose, hanging part of anything,” from Anglo-French pendaunt “hanging” (c.1300), Old French pendant (13c.), noun use of present participle of pendre “to hang,” from Latin pendere “to hang,” from PIE root *(s)pen(d)- “to pull, draw, stretch” (see span (v.)). Meaning “dangling part of an earring” is attested from 1550s. Nautical sense of “tapering flag” is recorded from late 15c. “In this sense presumably a corruption of pennon” [OED].

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