noun Date: circa 1590 1. an ornament worn around the neck 2. something likened to a necklace especially in forming a linked series or a circular pattern <
a necklace of islands

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  • necklace — [nek′lis] n. [ NECK + LACE] 1. a string of beads, jewels, etc. or a chain of gold, silver, etc., worn around the neck as an ornament 2. a gasoline doused automobile tire draped around a person s neck or shoulders and set ablaze vt. necklaced,… …   English World dictionary

  • necklace — eck lace (?; 48), n. 1. A string of beads, etc., or any continuous band or chain, worn around the neck as an ornament. [1913 Webster] 2. (Naut.) A rope or chain fitted around the masthead to hold hanging blocks for jibs and stays. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • necklace — (n.) 1590s, from NECK (Cf. neck) (n.) + LACE (Cf. lace) (n.) in the sense of cord, string. As the name of a South African form of lynching, from 1985 …   Etymology dictionary

  • necklace — [n] chain beads, carcanet, choker, jewelry, lavalliere, locket, pearls, pendant, riviere, strand, string; concept 446 …   New thesaurus

  • necklace — ► NOUN ▪ an ornamental chain or string of beads, jewels, or links worn round the neck. ► VERB ▪ (in South Africa) kill by placing a tyre soaked with petrol round a victim s neck and setting it alight …   English terms dictionary

  • Necklace — For other uses, see Necklace (disambiguation). A bead crochet necklace made from crochet lace, sterling silver, and freshwater pearls. A necklace is an article of jewellery which is worn around the neck. Necklaces are frequently formed from a… …   Wikipedia

  • necklace —   Lei. See lei, whale tooth.    ♦ Pearl necklace, lei momi.    ♦ Diamond necklace, lei kaimana.    ♦ Bead necklace, lei kula (gold); akalei (glass).    ♦ Hog tusk necklace, lei hoaka.    ♦ Dogtooth necklace, lei niho īlio.    ♦ “Puka” shell… …   English-Hawaiian dictionary

  • necklace */ — UK [ˈnekləs] / US noun [countable] Word forms necklace : singular necklace plural necklaces a piece of jewellery that hangs round your neck a pearl/gold necklace necklace of: a necklace of glass beads …   English dictionary

  • necklace — 1. noun /ˈnɛkləs/ a) An article of jewelry/jewellery that is worn around the neck, most often made of a string of precious metal, pearls, gems, beads or shells, and sometimes having a pendant attached. a necklace of coral islands b) Anything… …   Wiktionary

  • necklace — neck|lace [ nekləs ] noun count * a piece of jewelry that hangs around your neck: a pearl/gold necklace necklace of: a necklace of glass beads …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • necklace — [[t]ne̱klɪs[/t]] necklaces, necklacing, necklaced 1) N COUNT A necklace is a piece of jewellery such as a chain or a string of beads which someone, usually a woman, wears round their neck. ...a diamond necklace and matching earrings. 2) VERB To… …   English dictionary

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