- 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