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ˈpɛn dəntpen·dant

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pendant, pendentnoun

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

  2. chandelier, pendant, pendentadjective

    branched lighting fixture; often ornate; hangs from the ceiling

  3. pendent, pendant, dependentadjective

    held from above

    "a pendant bunch of grapes"


  1. Pendantnoun

    Hence: An ornamental object or piece of jewelry with a hook so that it can be hung from a chain around the neck.


  1. pendantnoun

    A supporting post attached to the main rafter.

  2. pendantnoun


  3. pendantnoun

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

  4. pendantnoun

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

  5. pendantnoun

    The dangling part of an earring.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Pendantnoun

    Etymology: pendant, French.

    The spirits
    Some thrid the mazy ringlets of her hair,
    Some hang upon the pendents of her ear. Alexander Pope.

    Unripe fruit, whose verdant stalks do cleave
    Close to the tree, which grieves no less to leave
    The smiling pendant which adorns her so,
    And until Autumn, on the bough should grow. Edmund Waller.

    To make the same pendant go twice as fast as it did, or make every undulation of it in half the time it did, make the line, at which it hangs, double in geometrical proportion to the line at which it hanged before. Kenelm Digby, on the Soul.


  1. Pendant

    A pendant is a loose-hanging piece of jewellery, generally attached by a small loop to a necklace, which may be known as a "pendant necklace". A pendant earring is an earring with a piece hanging down. Its name stems from the Latin word pendere and Old French word pendr, both of which translate to "to hang down". In modern French, pendant is the gerund form of pendre ("to hang") and also means "during". The extent to which the design of a pendant can be incorporated into an overall necklace makes it not always accurate to treat them as separate items.In some cases, though, the separation between necklace and pendant is far clearer.


  1. pendant

    A pendant is an object or piece, often decorative, suspended or hanging from something else. It typically refers to an ornament or piece of jewelry that hangs from a chain worn around the neck. In architecture, pendant refers to a piece hanging down from a ceiling or arch, such as a light fixture. In graph theory, a pendant refers to a vertex connected to the rest of the graph by a single edge.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pendantnoun

    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. Pendantnoun

    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. Pendantnoun

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

  4. Pendantnoun

    a pendulum

  5. Pendantnoun

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

  6. Etymology: [F., orig. p. pr. of pendre to hang, L. pendere. Cf. Pendent, Pansy, Pensive, Poise, Ponder.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pendant

    pen′dant, n. anything hanging, esp. for ornament: an earring: a lamp hanging from the roof: an ornament of wood or of stone hanging downwards from a roof: a long narrow flag, at the head of the principal mast in a royal ship: something attached to another thing of the same kind, an appendix, a companion picture, poem, &c.—ns. Pen′dence, Pen′dency, a hanging in suspense: state of being undecided.—adj. Pen′dent, hanging: projecting: supported above the ground or base: (bot.) hanging downwards, as a flower or a leaf.—n. Penden′tive (archit.), the triangular portion of a dome cut off between two supporting arches at right angles to each other.—adv. Pen′dently.—ns. Pen′dicle, an appendage: something attached to another, as a privilege, a small piece of ground for cultivation; Pen′dūlet, a pendant. [Fr. pendant, pr.p. of pendre, to hang—L. pendens, -entispr.p. of pendēre, to hang.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. pendant

    See PENNANT.

  2. pendant

    A strop or short piece of rope fixed on each side, under the shrouds, upon the heads of the main and fore masts, from which it hangs as low as the cat-harpings, having an iron thimble spliced into an eye at the lower end to receive the hooks of the main and fore tackles. There are besides many other pendants, single or double ropes, to the lower extremity of which is attached a block or tackle; such are the fish-pendant, stay-tackle-pendant, brace-pendant, yard-tackle-pendant, reef-tackle-pendant, &c., all of which are employed to transmit the efforts of their respective tackles to some distant object.--Rudder-pendants. Strong ropes made fast to a rudder by means of chains. Their use is to prevent the loss of the rudder if by any accident it should get unshipped.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. pendant

    In heraldry, a part hanging from the label, resembling the drops in the Doric frieze.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pendant in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pendant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of pendant in a Sentence

  1. Hugh Willmott:

    This pendant was used by some people as a supposed cure against a condition called St Antony’s fire, which in modern day science is probably a variety of skin conditions.

  2. Udio Katzanel:

    Katzanel told CEN. Katzanel and a team of surgeons used an endoscopic device to examine Talia’s throat then used micro-surgical clamps to remove it carefully. Luckily, the pendant had not caused any damage to her throat and nearby organs.

  3. Manilius:

    When we are born we die, our end is but the pendant of our beginning.

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