Lanyard meaning

lănyərd
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A cord worn around the neck for carrying something, such as a knife or whistle.
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A short rope or cord used on board ship for holding or fastening something.
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A cord worn around the neck, as by sailors, from which to hang something, as a knife, whistle, etc.
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The definition of a lanyard is a cord used for securing something to a boat, or a cord worn around a person's neck.

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.

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A cord with a hook at one end used to fire a cannon.
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A cord with attached hook, for firing certain types of cannon.
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(nautical) A short rope used for fastening rigging.
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A cord used to hold a small object such as a key, whistle, card, or knife, worn around the neck or wrist: a form of necklace or wristband.
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A cord with a hook; once used to fire artillery.
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(nautical) A short rope or gasket used for fastening something or securing rigging.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of lanyard - laniard

Origin of lanyard

  • Perhaps alteration (influenced by yard 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 American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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 *nastilō (“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").

    From Wiktionary