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[nek-lis] /ˈnɛk lɪs/
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.
Origin of necklace
1580-90; neck + lace ( def 2 ) Unabridged
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  • “Gie me that trash,” he said, making a snatch toward the necklace.

    Seven Frozen Sailors George Manville Fenn
  • And the pearls, the young chief's necklace, what became of that?

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • His hands trembled with eagerness as he grasped the necklace.

    Tales of Folk and Fairies Katharine Pyle
  • Then he looked at the merchant and asked: “Why is your necklace so short?”

  • It is connected with this necklace, which she certainly did possess at one time.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
British Dictionary definitions for necklace


a chain, band, or cord, often bearing beads, pearls, jewels, etc, worn around the neck as an ornament, esp by women
(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
(transitive) (South African) to kill (someone) by placing a burning tyre round his or her neck
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Word Origin and History for necklace

1590s, from neck (n.) + lace (n.) in the sense of "cord, string." As the name of a South African form of lynching, from 1985.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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