Definition of necklace in English:

necklace

noun

  • 1An ornamental chain or string of beads, jewels, or links worn round the neck:

    ‘a diamond necklace’
    figurative ‘the harbour with its necklace of lights’
    • ‘I blinked, scratching at the chain of my necklace resting against my collarbone.’
    • ‘Her task was to steal an expensive diamond necklace from the Queen.’
    • ‘She took a deep breath and fiddled with the sapphire necklace hanging down below her collar bone.’
    • ‘They had only one thing of value; their mother's old necklace.’
    • ‘She then put a matching opal choker necklace around Zeya's throat.’
    • ‘An emerald necklace hung loosely on his neck.’
    • ‘My friend's girlfriend saw my pentacle necklace dangling from my neck as it usually does.’
    • ‘Kilometres below a city sparkles like an intricate necklace at the throat of a continent.’
    • ‘One Mexican family was setting up a booth filled with beaded necklaces and earrings.’
    • ‘She placed her favorite gold necklace around her neck.’
    • ‘Selena blushed as she opened the present, and found it was a necklace with a crescent moon charm.’
    • ‘She wore a matching pearl necklace and had a dark complexion with bright brown eyes.’
    • ‘He closed his fist around the cross dangling from the necklace at her throat.’
    • ‘All the money and a beautiful diamond necklace are bequeathed to the servant.’
    • ‘The necklace lay in its box on her vanity dresser, among her other jewelry.’
    • ‘Moriah fingered a jeweled necklace she was wearing, looking far away, remembering something.’
    • ‘The leader walked over to him and pulled a bone necklace over his head and handed it to Ace.’
    • ‘I need some superhero powers, and a pretty chunky colourful beaded necklace might just do it.’
    • ‘At her neck, she wore a sliver Y-shaped necklace studded in faux diamonds.’
    • ‘Patrick has black spiky hair and wears a beaded necklace around his neck.’
    • ‘I have a silver necklace with a purple rose pendant, which is wonderful.’
    • ‘His hand was frozen, suspended in mid-air, the necklace barely dangling off it.’
    chain, choker, necklet, beads, pearls, pendant, locket
    rivière, sautoir, lavallière
    hei-tiki
    torc, torque, carcanet, negligée
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  • 2(in South Africa) a tyre doused or filled with petrol, placed round a victim's neck and set alight.

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • (in South Africa) kill (someone) with a tyre necklace.

    • ‘To this, Rasulullah replied, ‘If you wish to be necklaced with a garland of fire, you may accept it.’’
    • ‘The necklacing torture deaths of a couple of bangers in ‘The Quick Fix’ was kind of nasty, but not that meaningful to us.’
    • ‘We should drag them from their homes and necklace them, Soweto-style.’
    • ‘In some ways, the fear is that you will be necklaced here.’
    • ‘After a resurgence of vigilante action, including necklacing, he had asked the agencies for information on why it was happening.’
    • ‘It was not a simple one-on-one conflict between the forces of evil and the forces of liberation; it was violence against civilians, murder, necklacing, informers, bad police officers and units wreaking havoc within.’
    • ‘‘And in some ways the fear is that you will be necklaced here,’ he noted, ‘[that] you will have a flaming tire of lack of patriotism put around your neck.’’
    • ‘In these impoverished dense settlements, where both schooling and policing had almost ceased, older rural strategies and conflicts were given a macabre new twist, including the use of necklacing.’
    • ‘The violence of the past-specifically, the dreaded practice of necklacing, which mingled the smell of rubber with the ‘sickly stench of roasting human flesh’ has been eliminated.’
    • ‘The angry residents, definitely frustrated with the law enforcement approach to their distress calls, after slaughtering the bandits, even necklaced the corpses with tyres so that they could torch them.’

Pronunciation:

necklace

/ˈnɛklɪs/