- a hanging ornamental object, as one suspended from an earring or a necklace
- the stem and ring of a pocket watch
- either of a pair; match or companion piece
- anything hanging, as the pull chain on a lamp
- a decorative piece suspended from a ceiling or roof, as in Gothic architecture
Origin of pendantMiddle English pendaunt ; from Old French pendant, present participle of pendre ; from Classical Latin pendere, to hang ; from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)pen(d)-, to pull, stretch from source spin
- Something suspended from something else, especially an ornament or piece of jewelry attached to a necklace or bracelet.
- A hanging lamp or chandelier.
- A sculptured ornament suspended from a vaulted Gothic roof or ceiling.
- One of a matched pair; a companion piece.
Origin of pendantMiddle English pendaunt, from Old French pendant, from present participle of pendre, to hang, from Vulgar Latin *pendere, from Latin pend&emacron;re; see (s)pen- in Indo-European roots.
Variant of pendent1.
- (architecture) A supporting post attached to the main rafter. [from 14th c.]
- A piece of jewellery which hangs down as an ornament, especially worn on a chain around the neck. [from 15th c.]
- (nautical) A short rope hanging down, used to attach hooks for tackles; a pennant. [from 15th c.]
- The dangling part of an earring. [from 16th c.]