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A lanyard (2) with a whistle


From Middle English lanyer, from Middle French laniere, from Old French lasniere (thong, lash), from lasne (strap, thong), metathetic alteration of nasliere, nasle (strap, thong), from Frankish *nastila (tie, headband), from Proto-Germanic *nastilō (tie, thread, strap), from Proto-Indo-European *ned- (to tie together). Cognate with Old High German nestila (band, headband, strap), Old Norse nesta (brace, strap, fastener), German Nestel (string, strap, lace).


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈlæn.jəd/, /ˈlæn.jɑː(ɹ)d/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈlæn.jɚd/, /ˈlæn.jɑɹd/
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lanyard (plural lanyards)

  1. (nautical) A short rope used for fastening rigging.
  2. 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.
  3. A cord with a hook; once used to fire artillery.


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