necklace

[ nek-lis ]
/ ˈnɛk lɪs /

noun

a piece of jewelry consisting of a string of stones, beads, jewels, or the like, or a chain of gold, silver, or other metal, for wearing around the neck.

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Origin of necklace

1580–90; neck + lace (in the sense “a cord or string to pull opposite ends together”)
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British Dictionary definitions for necklace

necklace
/ (ˈnɛklɪs) /

noun

a chain, band, or cord, often bearing beads, pearls, jewels, etc, worn around the neck as an ornament, esp by women
(in South Africa) a tyre soaked in petrol, placed round a person's neck, and set on fire in order to burn the person to death

verb

(tr) Southern African to kill (someone) by placing a burning tyre round his or her neck
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