[ pen-duh nt ]
/ ˈpɛn dənt /

noun Also pendent.


Nearby words

  1. penciliform,
  2. penciling,
  3. pend,
  4. pend oreille,
  5. penda,
  6. pendelikon,
  7. pendency,
  8. pendent,
  9. pendente lite,
  10. pendentive

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 formspend·ant·ed, adjectivepend·ant·like, adjectivenon·pend·ant, adjectiveun·pend·ant, adjective

Can be confusedpendant pendent pennant pundit Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for pendant

British Dictionary definitions for pendant


/ (ˈpɛndənt) /


  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
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


a variant spelling of pendent

Word Origin for 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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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].

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