Definition of pendant in English:



  • 1A piece of jewellery that hangs from a chain worn round the neck:

    ‘a jade-green pendant on a gold chain’
    • ‘Around his neck hung a silver pendant wrought elegantly into the shape of a dragon.’
    • ‘It was a simple gold chain with a unicorn pendant hanging on the end of it.’
    • ‘When the pendant hung around my neck, my mother smiled, ‘It looks beautiful on you Isabel.’’
    • ‘They took a disc pendant on a gold chain that the father had given his wife on their wedding day and also his wife's engagement ring.’
    • ‘He unwrapped it to reveal a ruby pendant which hung on a gold chain.’
    • ‘Around his neck hung a golden pendant on a thin but sturdy chain.’
    • ‘Like a pirate reaching into a treasure chest, he brandishes myriad gold chains, pendants, watches, bracelets and rings.’
    • ‘There was a pewter pendant with a gold chain sitting on it.’
    • ‘A pendant hung on the chain, nestled in between her collarbones.’
    • ‘Around her neck was a silver pendant encasing a smooth piece of amber.’
    • ‘The men wore gold chains, pendants, girdles, and finger rings.’
    • ‘After showing him the pendant hanged around my neck, his face showed confusion.’
    • ‘The emerald pendant was round in shape, with silver and gold twisting over it like roots.’
    • ‘Learn to make all types of jewellery - bracelets, pendants, brooches and rings, easily and affordably.’
    • ‘He tied a ribbon around her neck with a diamond pendant hanging from it.’
    • ‘My palm was clammy from holding onto the gold pendant hanging from my neck for so long in the summer temperature.’
    • ‘Police said the assailants cornered him in the yard and ripped off two gold chains and a pendant valued $4,000.’
    • ‘Gold and silver jewellery pendants, earrings and bracelets in the shape of hearts, have made their appearance.’
    • ‘Reaching underneath her clothes for the sapphire pendant hanging from the gold chain around her neck, she closed and eyes and kissed it softly as she does every morning.’
    • ‘The necklace with a diamond pendant hung from her neck.’
    1. 1.1 A necklace with a pendant:
      ‘I slipped the pendant over my neck’
      • ‘The Norfolk finds consisted of three Roman coins, adapted in order that they could be worn as jewellery - probably as pendants hung around the neck.’
      • ‘The collection has necklaces, earrings, pendants, rings, and bracelets.’
      • ‘Of course warriors had developed their own weapons that could help with their magical weakness, most carrying magic necklaces or pendants that contained some form of magic.’
      • ‘Then a necklace pendant that she had once had, and then an earring.’
      • ‘The women, between 24 and 52 years of age, gave the sketches for pendants, rings, necklaces and bracelets.’
      • ‘Crowns and tiaras adorned the heads of nobility, earrings and nose studs enhanced the natural beauty of the face, necklaces and pendants highlighted a graceful neck, and brooches and fasteners held drapes and garments in place.’
      • ‘Other religious types of necklaces are pendants known as amulets, which are figures or symbols of varying shapes and sizes, which are hung on a chain round the neck.’
      • ‘The collection includes necklaces, earrings (chandelier earrings), rings, pendants, pendant sets, brooches, bangles and bracelets.’
      • ‘A variety of necklaces, earrings, pendants and rings in the latest models are being put up.’
      • ‘Sipping drinks and smoking like chimneys, the crowd flocked the ramp from all side as models presented sequences for earrings, pendants, necklaces and bracelets.’
      • ‘I have used precious and semi-precious stones in pendants, rings and bracelets.’
      • ‘Those friendly traditional artisans, who designed all the rings, pendants, necklaces and anklets for the brides-to-be, are still in business all over town.’
      • ‘It falls directly over my heart, and this heart is now a fortress of jewels, over a century of the history of the women of my family, their love expressed through their rings and necklaces, pendants and earrings.’
      • ‘Separate pearl necklaces, pendants, earrings and necklace are available.’
      • ‘The collection has rings, earrings, pendants and necklaces exclusively handcrafted and studded with best quality diamonds for every occasion.’
      • ‘These beads are also strung into pendants, necklaces, bracelets or attached to clothing or furnishings and finger rings.’
      • ‘The range of display includes necklaces, bangles, pendants, coins, designer jewellery, birthstones and exquisite designer jewellery pieces.’
      • ‘During the Classical Greek period from about 480 to 300 B.C. most necklaces were three dimensional pendants.’
      • ‘Around her neck, her pendant hung like a collar.’
      • ‘The trend has changed so radically that pretty, feminine summer dresses, hot tropical prints and sweet pastels look positively unfinished without necklaces, bangles, pendants and earrings.’
      locket, medallion, drop, stone
      necklace, chain
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  • 2A light designed to hang from the ceiling:

    ‘decorative pendants may need a special ceiling fitting’
    • ‘The basement lights are recessed cans on multiple switches and the kitchen lights are a set of three pendant lights on one switch.’
    • ‘For the exhibit, she designed a leather pendant light incorporating fibre optics.’
    • ‘Neat rows of pendant lamps hang from the ceiling, and the walls are covered in mirrors and blue-and-white tiles.’
    • ‘However, no furniture was in the halls, except three magnificent crystal pendant lamps with 13 layers.’
    • ‘Decorative lighting - sconces, pendants, lamps, or chandeliers - also should be selected at this time so the appropriate wiring can be installed.’
    • ‘The group have installed telephones, pendants, sensor lights and provided security locks for a large number of people in the areas.’
    • ‘With a background in jewellery, textiles and fashion, Sharon Marston is wowing the interior design world with her innovative approach to lighting, marking a transition between pendants, chandeliers and fine art.’
    • ‘At a recent meeting it was agreed to look for a new grant to service the installation of lights, pendants, door locks, window locks and door views.’
    • ‘Avoid pendant light fittings with shades, as this gives the impression of bringing the ceiling down.’
    • ‘Small-scale pendant lights with halogen or quartz lamps are the ideal size for accent lighting.’
    • ‘So Thursday night, 11.30 pm, I'm on the Habitat website, picking out new pendant light fittings.’
    • ‘Loops of wire suspend lidless mason jars, which the owner calls ‘light pendants,’ from the overhead lath.’
    • ‘A pair of glass pendants illuminates the snack-bar island without blocking views through the kitchen window - which, along with a skylight, keeps the workspace bright.’
    • ‘This would include getting appliances fitted like personal pendants, security and censor lights, window and door locks, door chains and spy holes.’
    • ‘An electric blue light surrounded the pendant once more.’
  • 3The part of a pocket watch by which it is suspended.

    • ‘At a loss for words, the boy could only stare, gaping at his pendant that now lay suspended in the air before his very eyes.’
    • ‘If someone needs help if she has fallen and can't get up, she can now click on a pendant or wristwatch that taps into a support system.’
    • ‘He closed the pendant and tenderly tucked it into his pocket.’
    1. 3.1 A short rope hanging from the head of a ship's mast, yardarm, or clew of a sail, used for attaching tackles.
      • ‘They are trained to locate, detect and attach recovery pendants in deep water.’
  • 4An artistic, literary, or musical composition intended to match or complement another:

    ‘the triptych's pendant will occupy the corresponding wall in the south transept’
    • ‘And the detached, studied, as well as learned tone of his work acts as a pendant to his quest for self-knowledge.’
    • ‘His somewhat more compact work, liberally illustrated with colour, was published by the Royal Collection and forms a happy pendant to Russell.’
    • ‘It was, therefore, a pendant to the Lord Chancellor's Residence, in the south-east pavilion.’
    • ‘The suspended hulls, which are conceived as a pendant to the vases, seem to confirm the artist's preoccupation with history.’
    • ‘These two paintings, linked by an overlapping chronology, similar measurements, and compositional analogies, may in fact have been intended as pendants.’
  • 5Nautical
    A tapering flag.

    banner, standard, ensign, pennant, pennon, banderole, streamer, jack
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  • Hanging downwards; pendent:

    ‘pendant flowers on frail stems’
    • ‘Rise and fall flexes from pendant lights mean you can pull the light down for atmosphere and push up for more general light.’
    • ‘The pendant strings, which sometimes have subsidiary strings attached, bear clusters of knots.’
    • ‘Only male plants produce the silvery pendant catkins this plant is known for, and the variety ‘James Roof’ is king of the swingers.’
    • ‘A pendant figure, the executioner, kneels to sharpen the blade that will peel the satyr's skin from his body.’
    • ‘The only other things the monk might have were a pendant cross and a pair of shoes or sandals, although some went barefoot as a lifelong penance.’
    • ‘Be aware, however, that when the ceiling is less than 9 feet high, pendant fixtures become a problem because they might hang too low.’
    • ‘People over the age of 65 living alone or with another person over the same age are entitled to apply for a safe and secure pendant medical alarm unit.’
    • ‘The front door opens into a wide hall which, like the receptions rooms leading off it, has solid beech flooring, plain coving and pendant lighting.’
    • ‘To light a space this long, you'd usually need at least three pendant fittings, but these will only accentuate the length of the corridor.’
    • ‘Arbors encourage you to look skyward, better to admire high-flying roses or pendant clusters of grapes.’
    • ‘Adam created many variations on the basic design of a central handle flanked by pendant swags and scrolling foliage.’
    • ‘A desk lamp that can have its light directed to where you need it is essential if you have a central pendant fitting.’
    • ‘The first step is to consider a low to moderate level of ambient light, typically provided by recessed or pendant fixtures.’
    • ‘One stunningly designed pendant lamp had a large square of stained glass on the base, with panels about half a foot high round the sides.’
    • ‘I have a bunch of antique pendant watches from my grandmother.’
    • ‘When she told me she has a phobia about wearing anything on her wrist, I gave her a pendant watch (which she still does not wear).’
    • ‘Italian granite, French pendant lamps and Brazilian mahogany were soon being shipped to the city to realize the luxurious plan.’
    • ‘The hall teams a pale oatmeal carpet with yellow tones above and below the dado, plain coving and stylish pendant lighting.’
    • ‘Inside, the lobby is festooned with feel-good design clichés, from checkerboard terrazzo to pendant chandeliers.’
    • ‘It's this tale and the attractive, pendant cream flowers, smattered within by deep pink spots, that wins so many votes.’
    hanging, suspended, supported from above, dangling, pendulous, drooping, droopy, flaccid, swinging, swaying, trailing, flowing, falling, tumbling
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Middle English (denoting an architectural decoration projecting downwards): from Old French, literally hanging, present participle of the verb pendre, from Latin pendere.