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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pend•antˈpɛn dənt(n.)

  1. Ref: Also, pendent. 5

  2. a hanging ornament, as a jewel suspended from a necklace.

    Category: Jewelry

  3. an ornament suspended from a vault or ceiling, used esp. in Gothic architecture.

    Category: Architecture

  4. a hanging electrical lighting fixture.

  5. that by which something is suspended, as the ringed stem of a pocket watch.

  6. a parallel or counterpart.

  7. Naut.a hanging length of rope with a block or thimble attached to its free end.

    Category: Navy

  8. Ref: pendent .

Origin of pendant:

1300–50; ME pendaunt < MF pendant, n. use of prp. of pendre to hang < VL *pendere for L pendēre

Princeton's WordNet

  1. pendant, pendent(noun)

    an adornment that hangs from a piece of jewelry (necklace or earring)

  2. chandelier, pendant, pendent(adj)

    branched lighting fixture; often ornate; hangs from the ceiling

  3. pendent, pendant, dependent(adj)

    held from above

    "a pendant bunch of grapes"


  1. pendant(Noun)

    A supporting post attached to the main rafter.

  2. pendant(Noun)


  3. pendant(Noun)

    A piece of jewelery which hangs down as an ornament, especially worn on a chain around the neck.

  4. pendant(Noun)

    A short rope hanging down, used to attach hooks for tackles; a pennant.

  5. pendant(Noun)

    The dangling part of an earring.

  6. Origin: From pendaunt, pendant, noun use of adjective.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pendant(noun)

    something which hangs or depends; something suspended; a hanging appendage, especially one of an ornamental character; as to a chandelier or an eardrop; also, an appendix or addition, as to a book

  2. Pendant(noun)

    a hanging ornament on roofs, ceilings, etc., much used in the later styles of Gothic architecture, where it is of stone, and an important part of the construction. There are imitations in plaster and wood, which are mere decorative features

  3. Pendant(noun)

    one of a pair; a counterpart; as, one vase is the pendant to the other vase

  4. Pendant(noun)

    a pendulum

  5. Pendant(noun)

    the stem and ring of a watch, by which it is suspended


  1. Pendant

    A pendant word "pendre" and the Latin word "pendere" which means "to hang down" is a loose-hanging piece of jewellery, generally attached by a small loop to a necklace, when the ensemble may be known as a "pendant necklace". A pendant earring is an earring with a piece hanging down. In modern French "pendant" is the gerund form of “hanging”. One of the earliest types of bodily adornment is the pendant. Primeval man liked to put a tiny hole in a beautiful rock and slip a string usually made of grass or vine so it could be hung around the neck. Shells and other indigenous materials could also be used. In Ancient Egypt, Pharaohs normally wore scarab beetle pendants to symbolize their wealth and power. Royalty and nobility in Egypt also wear a certain type of pendant called a cartouche. Pendants can have several functions, which may be combined: ⁕Award ⁕Identification ⁕Ornamentation ⁕Ostentation. ⁕Protection ⁕Self-affirmation The many specialized types of pendants include lockets which open, often to reveal an image, and pendilia, which hang from larger objects of metalwork.

Translations for pendant

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an ornament hung from a necklace

a pendant hanging from a silver chain.

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