Definition of necklace in English:



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


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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We should drag them from their homes and necklace them, Soweto-style.’
    • ‘In some ways, the fear is that you will be necklaced here.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘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.’’
    • ‘To this, Rasulullah replied, ‘If you wish to be necklaced with a garland of fire, you may accept it.’’
    • ‘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 necklacing torture deaths of a couple of bangers in ‘The Quick Fix’ was kind of nasty, but not that meaningful to us.’
    • ‘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.’