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necklace

[nek-lis] /ˈnɛk lɪs/
noun
1.
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
1580-1590
1580-90; neck + lace ( def 2 )
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  • 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.
  • Choose from molecular earrings, a caffeine molecule necklace, or a circuit board pendant.
  • First, some of the shells were perforated and could have been strung and worn as a necklace.
  • She headed off to her room to change into her pewter sheath and diamond-rope-necklace.
  • The necklace is malleable and can also be worn as a bracelet.
  • Imagine getting off a plane and being greeted by a scented necklace of flowers and a welcoming kiss.
  • The strands of this handcrafted necklace are meant to symbolize and connect past, present, and future.
British Dictionary definitions for necklace

necklace

/ˈnɛklɪs/
noun
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
verb
3.
(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
n.

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

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