Meaning of lanyard

lan•yard

Pronunciation: (lan'yurd), [key]
— n.
  1. a short rope or wire rove through deadeyes to hold and tauten standing rigging.
  2. any of various small cords or ropes for securing or suspending something, as a whistle about the neck or a knife from one's belt.
  3. a cord with a small hook at one end, used in firing certain kinds of cannon.
  4. a colored, single-strand cord worn around the left shoulder by a member of a military unit awarded a foreign decoration.
  5. a white cord worn around the right shoulder, as by a military police officer, and secured to the butt of a pistol.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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