or lan·iard

[ lan-yerd ]
/ ˈlæn yərd /


Nautical. a short rope or wire rove through deadeyes to hold and tauten standing rigging.
any of various small cords or ropes for securing or suspending something, as a whistle about the neck or a knife from one's belt.
a cord with a small hook at one end, used in firing certain kinds of cannon.
a colored, single-strand cord worn around the left shoulder by a member of a military unit awarded a foreign decoration.
a white cord worn around the right shoulder, as by a military police officer, and secured to the butt of a pistol.

Origin of lanyard

1475–85; blend of late Middle English lanyer (< Middle French laniere, Old French lasniere thong, equivalent to lasne noose + -iere, feminine of -ier -ier2) and yard1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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/ (ˈlænjəd) /


a cord worn around the neck, shoulder, etc, to hold something such as a whistle or knife
a similar but merely decorative cord worn as part of a military uniform
a cord with an attached hook used in firing certain types of cannon
nautical a line rove through deadeyes for extending or tightening standing rigging

Word Origin for lanyard

C15 lanyer, from French lanière, from lasne strap, probably of Germanic origin
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