A nurse wearing a lanyard.
- An example of a lanyard is a thin rope used for tying life vests to the inside of a boat.
- An example of a lanyard is the cord that hangs around a person's neck for holding a name badge.
- a short rope or cord used on board ship for holding or fastening something
- a cord worn around the neck, as by sailors, from which to hang something, as a knife, whistle, etc.
- a cord with attached hook, for firing certain types of cannon
Origin of lanyardaltered (infl. by yard) ; from Middle English lanyer ; from Middle French laniere ; from Old French lasniere ; from lasne, noose, earlier nasle ; from Frankish an unverified form nastila, a cord, lace, diminutive of Germanic an unverified form nast- ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ned- from source Classical Latin nodus, knot
- Nautical A short rope or gasket used for fastening something or securing rigging.
- A cord worn around the neck for carrying something, such as a knife or whistle.
- A cord with a hook at one end used to fire a cannon.
Origin of lanyardPerhaps alteration (influenced by yard1, spar) of Middle English lainere, strap, from Old French laniere, from lasne, perhaps alteration (influenced by las, string) of *nasle, lace, of Germanic origin.
From Middle English lanyer, from Middle French laniere, from Old French lasniere (“thong, lash"), from lasne (“strap, thong"), alteration of nasle (“strap, thong"), from Frankish *nastila (“tie, headband"), from Proto-Germanic *nastilÅ (“tie, thread, strap"), from Proto-Indo-European *nedh- (“to tie together"). Cognate with Old High German nestila (“band, headband, strap"), Old English nosle, nostle (“band, brace, headband"), Old Norse nesta (“brace, strap, fastener"), German Nestel (“string, strap, lace").