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lanyard (n.)

also laniard, "small rope or cord used aboard ships," alternative spelling (influenced by nautical yard (2) "long beam used to support a sail") of Middle English lainer, "thong for fastening parts of armor or clothing" (late 14c.), from Old French laniere "thong, lash, strap of leather," from lasniere (12c., from lasne "strap, thong"), apparently altered (by metathesis and influence of Old French las "lace") from nasliere (nasle), from Frankish *nastila or some other Germanic source, from Proto-Germanic *nastila- (source also of Old High German, Old Saxon nestila "lace, strap, band," German nestel "string, lace, strap"), from PIE root *ned- "to knot."

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Definitions of lanyard

lanyard (n.)
a cord with an attached hook that is used to fire certain types of cannon;
Synonyms: laniard
lanyard (n.)
a cord worn around the neck to hold a knife or whistle;
Synonyms: laniard
lanyard (n.)
(nautical) a line used for extending or fastening rigging on ships;
Synonyms: laniard
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