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necklace

[nek-lis]
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noun
  1. 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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Related Words for necklace

strand, jewelry, choker, pendant, string, pearls, locket, lavalliere, carcanet, riviere

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British Dictionary definitions for necklace

necklace

noun
  1. a chain, band, or cord, often bearing beads, pearls, jewels, etc, worn around the neck as an ornament, esp by women
  2. (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
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verb
  1. (tr) Southern African to kill (someone) by placing a burning tyre round his or her neck
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Word Origin and History for necklace

n.

1590s, from neck (n.) + lace (n.) in the sense of "cord, string." As the name of a South African form of lynching, from 1985.

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