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[pen-duh nt] /ˈpɛn dənt/
noun, Also, pendent.
a hanging ornament, as an earring or the main piece suspended from a necklace.
an ornament suspended from a roof, vault, or ceiling.
a hanging electrical lighting fixture; chandelier.
that by which something is suspended, as the ringed stem of a watch.
a match, parallel, companion, or counterpart.
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.
Origin of pendant
1300-50; Middle English pendaunt < Anglo-French; Middle French pendant, noun use of present participle of pendre to hang < Vulgar Latin *pendere for Latin pendēre. See pend, -ant
Related forms
pendanted, adjective
pendantlike, adjective
nonpendant, adjective
unpendant, adjective
Can be confused
pendant, pendent, pennant, pundit. Unabridged
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  • From the Quirinal came a pendant, with a picture of a boy's face set in diamonds.

    The Devourers Annie Vivanti Chartres
  • The pendant which Madame Ypsilante received was very handsome.

    Lady Bountiful George A. Birmingham
  • It's a thing that can be worn in a lady's hair or as a pendant—diamonds, of course.

    The Chestermarke Instinct J. S. Fletcher
  • The St. George's white ensign flag and pendant alone are used.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • I found the pendant under the pillow and took it because I wanted to study the design—and—well, for other reasons, too.

    Caravans By Night Harry Hervey
British Dictionary definitions for pendant


  1. an ornament that hangs from a piece of jewellery
  2. a necklace with such an ornament
a hanging light, esp a chandelier
a carved ornament that is suspended from a ceiling or roof
something that matches or complements something else
(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
a variant spelling of pendent
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, from pendre to hang, from Latin pendēre to hang down; related to Latin pendere to hang, pondus weight, Greek span to pull
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Word Origin and History for pendant

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].

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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