AskDefine | Define pendant

Dictionary Definition



1 an adornment that hangs from a piece of jewelry (necklace or earring)
2 branched lighting fixture; often ornate; hangs from the ceiling [syn: chandelier]

User Contributed Dictionary

see Pendant



  • IPA: /ˈpendənt/



  1. A piece of jewelery hung from a chain worn around the neck

Usage notes

Not to be confused with pedant, nor with lang=en.


a piece of jewelery hung from a chain worn around the neck

Related terms



  • /pɛ̃.dɛ̃/|lang=fr


  1. during, throughout


  1. hanging


fr-noun m
  1. stone that dangles on earrings
  2. match, counterpart

Extensive Definition

A pendant (from Old French) is a hanging object, generally attached to a necklace or an earring. In modern French this is a word meaning “during” (also the gerund form of "hanging"). Pendants have several purposes:
These purposes can be combined (i.e. a richly jewelled symbol).

Other meanings

  • A teach pendant is a portable control device used in industrial robotics.
  • A cable pendant is one of a series of cables that is horizontally suspended across a flight deck of aircraft carriers for aircraft to land by catching with tailhook.
  • A nautical pendant is a length of cable or rope, usually of a short length, that has eyes or fittings, or both, at the ends for attachment to vessels and bollards or buoys.
  • A pendant is a common item used in hypnosis.
pendant in French: Ferrets
pendant in Dutch: Hanger
pendant in Russian: Подвеска (украшение)
pendant in Swedish: Pendang

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