Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) a cord with an attached hook that is used to fire certain types of cannon
  2. (noun, artifact) a cord worn around the neck to hold a knife or whistle
  3. (noun, artifact) (nautical) a line used for extending or fastening rigging on ships

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Synonyms of Lanyard


Alternate forms of Lanyard

Hypernyms: cord, line

Origin of the word Lanyard

  1. alternative spelling (influenced by nautical yard (2) "long beam used to support a sail") of M.E. lainer, "thong for fastening parts of armor or clothing" (late 14c.), from O.Fr. laniere "thong, lash," from lasniere, from lasne "strap, thong," apparently altered (by metathesis and influence of O.Fr. las "lace") from nasliere, fro… more

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Words that sound like Lanyard

laniard, lemuridae, lemuroidea, lenard, leonard, leonardo, linearity, lionhearted, loanword, lunar day

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