One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A rope used to secure or raise and lower something such as the shrouds and sails of a sailing ship or a flag on a flagpole.
- ‘As with the cap, the loop is fairly flexible but after some tugging and pulling with the lanyard in place, the loop never tore.’
- ‘The other three laughed and got the lanyards rigged up.’
- ‘But this action put tension on the parachute lanyard, allowing the rotor downwash to partly inflate the chute.’
- ‘The number two person ran the lanyards, swayed the munitions, and installed impulse carts in all the loaded stations.’
- ‘Little things like checking on the lanyards or the boat insurance can keep you young and happy in spirit.’
- ‘The lanyard is held snug by the elasticity of the cord and by an adjustable slide consisting of interlocking O-rings.’
- ‘When using vertical lifelines, use a lanyard 2 or 3 feet shorter than the standard 6 feet.’
- ‘As the engine was lowered, the lanyard had actuated a valve that drove the hoist to its stowed position.’
- 1.1 A cord passed round the neck, shoulder, or wrist for holding a knife, whistle, or similar object.
- ‘I think that the most basic lanyard is a simple blank metal ball chain.’
- ‘This year in San Diego, a lot of people were wearing badges that were not clipped-on or pinned but were instead on a little lanyard around their necks.’
- ‘I was given a lanyard and told to wear my credentials at all times.’
- ‘He had a lanyard around his neck with laminated tags on it.’
- ‘The lanyard is designed to secure small objects, such as badges, keys, cell phones, and other small items.’
- ‘Just throw the included lanyard around your neck and take a walk.’
- ‘I walked out the door swinging my lanyard and smiling.’
- ‘In addition to wearing a lanyard around the neck, it is not unusual to see lanyards attached to the wrist, waist, backpacks, and others.’
- ‘Each lanyard had a picture and seemed to be an ID of some kind.’
- ‘Several models come packaged with a handy lanyard.’
- ‘She unsnapped the lanyard from around her neck and slid her school ID in between the door and its frame.’
- ‘Scattered about the room were t-shirts, lanyards, business cards, and various other samples of printed materials.’
- ‘Those lanyards are for keeping them safe - just loop them around your wrist.’
- ‘The gadget can be worn with a belt clip or a lanyard.’
- ‘I looked first at the camera, saved by the lanyard round my wrist.’
- ‘This promotional lanyard is an ideal marketing device to promote the business, or event.’
- ‘Readers with even sharper eyes spotted the buttons of his jacket were on the left; his lanyard was on the left; his beret badge was on the right, and the trooper beside him had her name-tag on the wrong side.’
- ‘Now, perhaps, we won't even be able to keep them in our inside pockets, but should keep them strung on a lanyard around our necks where they can be seen by both the police marksmen and the potential muggers who would steal them.’
- ‘These five ounces also includes four ‘AA’ batteries and a lanyard!’
- ‘They gave me a lovely nametag and lanyard and then turned me loose in the gaming room.’
Late Middle English lanyer, in the general sense ‘a short length of rope for securing something’, from Old French laniere. The change in the ending in the 17th century was due to association with yard.
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