From Late Middle English lainer, lainere, lanyer (“strap or thong used to fasten armour, shields, clothing, etc.”) [and other forms] (with the ending modified in the 17th century under the influence of yard), from Old French laniere, lasniere (“thong, lash”) (modern French lanière (“lanyard, strap; (by extension) a strip”)), from lasne (“strap, thong; noose; snare”), a metathetic alteration of nasle, nasliere (“strap, thong”), influenced by lane (“wool”), las (“lace of a boot, shoe, etc.”), or laz (“snare, trap; pitfall”); nasliere is derived from Old Dutch *nastila (“headband; tie”), from Proto-West Germanic *nastilu (“strap; thread; tie”), from Proto-Indo-European *ned- (“to tie together”). The English word is cognate with Old High German nestila (“band, headband; strap”) (modern German Nestel (“lace; strap; string”)), Old Norse nesta (“brace; fastener, strap”).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈlænjəd/, /ˈlænˌjɑːd/
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- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈlænjɚd/, /ˈlænˌjɑɹd/
- Hyphenation: lan‧yard
lanyard (plural lanyards)
- (nautical) A short rope used for fastening rigging, as a handle, etc.
- (by extension) A cord worn around the neck, shoulder, or wrist which is attached to a small object to be carried such as an identity card or security pass, key, knife, or whistle.
- 1881–1882, Robert Louis Stevenson, “The Voyage”, in Treasure Island, London; Paris: Cassell & Company, published 14 November 1883, OCLC 702939134, part II (The Sea Cook), pages 79–80:
- Aboard ship he carried his crutch by a lanyard round his neck, to have both hands as free as possible. [...] [H]e would hand himself from one place to another, now using the crutch, now trailing it alongside by the lanyard, as quickly as another man could walk.
- (by extension, military) A cord with a hook which is secured to an artillery piece, and pulled to fire the weapon.