noun Also pendent.
- pend oreille,
- pendente lite,
Origin of pendant
Examples from the Web for pendant
It was made by society jewelers Garrard, who refashioned the gems from a pendant she was given by her husband, George VI.
The pendant light is a flotilla of hot air balloons hand blown in glass.
It had a pendant that looked like a house, which to me signifies warmth and happiness.
No one else will promise your milk won't turn yellow after receiving your pendant.Rhode Island Woman Creates Jewelry Made From Breast Milk|Claire Stern|April 15, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The pendant at the end of her gold-chain necklace dangles over her cleavage like an arrow pointing downward.
One arm lay along the back of the lounge which she occupied, the other was pendant at her side.The Truth About Tristrem Varick|Edgar Saltus
Or we may imagine a long chain, with a pendant attached to each tenth or one-hundredth link.The Whence and the Whither of Man|John Mason Tyler
Indeed, I much prefer the corsage ornaments you showed me just now, and the pendant.Ticket No. "9672"|Jules Verne
At the end of the seventeenth century a "suit of colours" included ensign, jack and pendant.British Flags|W. G. Perrin
But, starting with his wife, he made a pendant each for all his womenfolk.The Rainbow|D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
- an ornament that hangs from a piece of jewellery
- a necklace with such an ornament
Word Origin 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].