from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Hanging down; dangling; suspended.
  • adj. Projecting; overhanging.
  • adj. Awaiting settlement; pending.
  • n. Variant of pendant1.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Dangling, drooping or suspended.
  • adj. pending in various senses.
  • adj. incomplete in some sense, such as lacking a finite verb.
  • adj. Projecting over something; overhanging.
  • n. Alternative spelling of pendant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Supported from above; suspended; depending; pendulous; hanging.
  • adj. Jutting over; projecting; overhanging.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Hanging; suspended; pendulous.
  • Jutting over; overhanging; projecting: as, a pendent rock.
  • In botany, hanging on its stalk or support with the apex pointed vertically downward, as a flower or fruit.
  • A pendentive.
  • n. See pendant.
  • Grammatically incomplete. Also pendant.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. branched lighting fixture; often ornate; hangs from the ceiling
  • adj. held from above
  • n. an adornment that hangs from a piece of jewelry (necklace or earring)


Middle English pendant (influenced by Latin pendēns, pendent-, present participle of pendēre, to hang), from Old French; see pendant1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin pendens, pendentis, of pendere to hang, to be suspended. Compare pendant. From Anglo-Norman pendaunt, Old French pendant. (Wiktionary)



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