From Middle English lanyer, from Middle French laniere, from Old French lasniere (“thong, lash”), from lasne (“strap, thong”), 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”).
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.