From Middle English lanyer, from Middle French laniere, from Old French lasniere (“thong, lash”), from lasne (“strap, thong”), alteration of earlier nasliere (“thong, lash”), from nasle (“strap, thong”), from Frankish *nastila (“tie, headband”), from Proto-Germanic *nastilō (“tie, thread, strap”), from Proto-Indo-European *nedh- (“to tie together”). Cognate with Old High German nestila (“band, headband, strap”), Old English nosle, nostle (“band, brace, headband”), Old Norse nesta (“brace, strap, fastener”), German Nestel (“string, strap, lace”).
lanyard (plural lanyards)
- (nautical) A short rope used for fastening rigging.
- A cord used to hold a small object such as a key, whistle, card, or knife, worn around the neck or wrist: a form of necklace or wristband.
- A cord with a hook; once used to fire artillery.