Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Something suspended from something else, especially an ornament or piece of jewelry attached to a necklace or bracelet.
  • n. A hanging lamp or chandelier.
  • n. A sculptured ornament suspended from a vaulted Gothic roof or ceiling.
  • n. One of a matched pair; a companion piece.
  • adj. Variant of pendent1.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Something which hangs or depends; something suspended; a hanging appendage, especially one of an ornamental character, as to a chandelier or an eardrop; also, an appendix or addition, as to a book.
  • n. An ornamental object or piece of jewelry with a hook so that it can be hung from a chain around the neck.
  • n. A hanging ornament on roofs, ceilings, etc., much used in the later styles of Gothic architecture, where it is of stone, and an important part of the construction. There are imitations in plaster and wood, which are mere decorative features.
  • n. One of a pair; a counterpart.
  • n. A pendulum.
  • n. The stem and ring of a watch, by which it is suspended.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Hanging: same as pendent (which is now the usual spelling).
  • n. A loose hanging part; something attached to and hanging loosely from an object of which it is an ornamental or useful part, as a bead, ball, knob, or ring of any material, hanging from a necklace, ear-ring, lamp, the edge of a garment, or a locket hanging from a brooch, or the like. See cut under badge.
  • n. Specifically— An ear-ring.
  • n. A name given to that part of the knightly belt of the fourteenth century which was allowed to hang after passing through the buckle and sometimes through an additional loop: it ended with the chape, which acted as a weight to keep it hanging perpendicularly.
  • n. The part of a watch by which It is suspended, consisting generally of a guard-ring and a pusher-pin.
  • n. An apparatus hanging from a roof or ceiling for giving light, generally branched and ornamented; a chandelier or gaselier.
  • n. In architecture, a hanging ornament used in the vaults and in timber roofs of late and debased medieval architecture, and also in some Oriental architecture.
  • n. A pendulum.
  • n. Nautical: A Short Seine piece of rope with a thimble or block at one end.
  • n. Something attached to or connected with another as an addition; an appendix.
  • n. Something of the same kind, as a companion picture, statue, group of statuary, poem, anecdote, etc.; a parallel.
  • n. The cylindrical stem on a watchcase to which the guard-ring is attached.
  • n. A corollary.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. branched lighting fixture; often ornate; hangs from the ceiling
  • adj. held from above
  • n. an adornment that hangs from a piece of jewelry (necklace or earring)

Etymologies

Middle English pendaunt, from Old French pendant, from present participle of pendre, to hang, from Vulgar Latin *pendere, from Latin pendēre.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman pendaunt, Middle French pendant, noun use of adjective. (Wiktionary)

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    October 16, 2008

  • Ah. Like the knob on a brioche. That's a kind of pendant.

    October 16, 2008

  • "anything attached to another thing of the same kind, an appendix: a companion picture, poem, etc." (from the Chambers 20th Century Dictionary, New Edition, 1983)

    As in "In a pendant essay called "The Procession of Flowers," Higginson followed the seasons of New England from the first flowering arbutus among the lingering snows of April to the late-blooming fall blossoms heralding the coming of winter."
    -- A Summer of Hummingbirds by Christopher Benfey, p 18

    October 16, 2008