a piece of jewelry consisting of a string of stones, beads, jewels, or the like, or a chain of gold, silver, or other metal, for wearing around the neck.

1580–90; neck + lace (def 2) Unabridged
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necklace (ˈnɛklɪs)
1.  a chain, band, or cord, often bearing beads, pearls, jewels, etc, worn around the neck as an ornament, esp by women
2.  (in South Africa) a tyre soaked in petrol, placed round a person's neck, and set on fire in order to burn the person to death
3.  (South African) (tr) to kill (someone) by placing a burning tyre round his or her neck

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Word Origin & History

c.1590, from neck (q.v.) + lace in the sense of "cord, string."
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Example sentences
The soft-pink headband complimented the shirt and the pearl earrings were
  perfect, even without the necklace.
As they pressed her further with questions she threw her golden necklace down
  to them, and thought to content them thus.
He put raiment on its limbs, and jewels on its fingers, and a necklace about
  its neck.
Being a she-bear, it was also adorned with a necklace and ear-rings.
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