pendant (n.)

early 14c., pendaunt, "loose, hanging part of anything," whether ornamental or useful, from Anglo-French pendaunt (c. 1300), Old French pendant (13c.), noun uses of the present-participle adjective from pendre "to hang," from Latin pendere "to hang," from PIE *(s)pend-, extended form of root *(s)pen- "to draw, stretch, spin." Meaning "dangling part of an earring" is attested from 1550s. Nautical sense of "long tapering flag" is recorded from late 15c. "In this sense presumably a corruption of pennon" [OED]. In 14c.-16c. also "the testicles." As an adjective, the same as pendent, which is now the usual spelling.

updated on March 19, 2020

Definitions of pendant from WordNet
pendant (n.)
an adornment that hangs from a piece of jewelry (necklace or earring);
Synonyms: pendent
pendant (n.)
branched lighting fixture; often ornate; hangs from the ceiling;
Synonyms: chandelier / pendent
pendant (adj.)
held from above and hanging down;
a pendant bunch of grapes
Synonyms: pendent / dependent
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