pendant and pendent - the difference

by Craig Shrives
The Quick Answer
A pendant is a piece of jewelry that hangs from a chain worn around the neck.

Pendent means hanging or suspended.

Pendant and Pendent

Occasionally, there is confusion over the words pendant and pendent.


The word pendant is usually a noun which means a piece of jewelry that hangs from a chain worn around the neck. For example:
  • Custom has it that wearing the Buddha pendant below the chest is a sign of disrespect.
  • Cherie Blair wore a pendant to ward off evil spirits.
Like most nouns, the word pendant can also be used as an adjective:
  • She wore a diamond pendant necklace.

Princess Kate Middleton's diamond pendant.


The word pendent is an adjective which means dangling, hanging, or suspended. For example:
  • Water Avens is an attractive perennial plant with pretty pendent flowers of purple, pink, and orange.

A pendent light

Snowdrops are pendent flowers.

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