pen·dant 1 also pen·dent (pĕndənt)
1. Something suspended from something else, especially an ornament or piece of jewelry attached to a necklace or bracelet.
2. A hanging lamp or chandelier.
3. A sculptured ornament suspended from a vaulted Gothic roof or ceiling.
4. One of a matched pair; a companion piece.
[Middle English pendaunt, from Old French pendant, from present participle of pendre, to hang, from Vulgar Latin *pendere, from Latin pendēre; see (s)pen- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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