[ pen-duhnt ]
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nounAlso pendent.
  1. a hanging ornament, as an earring or the main piece suspended from a necklace.

  2. an ornament suspended from a roof, vault, or ceiling.

  1. a hanging electrical lighting fixture; chandelier.

  2. that by which something is suspended, as the ringed stem of a watch.

  3. a match, parallel, companion, or counterpart.

  4. 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

Other words from pendant

  • pend·ant·ed, adjective
  • pend·ant·like, adjective
  • non·pend·ant, adjective
  • un·pend·ant, adjective

Words that may be confused with pendant

Words Nearby pendant Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use pendant in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for pendant


/ (ˈpɛndənt) /

    • an ornament that hangs from a piece of jewellery

    • a necklace with such an ornament

  1. a hanging light, esp a chandelier

  1. a carved ornament that is suspended from a ceiling or roof

  2. something that matches or complements something else

  3. Also called: pennant nautical 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

  1. a variant spelling of pendent

Origin of pendant

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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