Pendent or Pendant?

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Pendent or Pendant?

What is the difference between "pendent" and "pendant"?
  • "A pendant" is a piece of jewelry that hangs from a chain worn around the neck.
  • "Pendent" means "hanging" or "suspended."

More about Pendant

The word "pendant" is usually a noun meaning "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.
diamond pendant
Princess Kate Middleton's diamond pendant

More about Pendent

The word "pendent" is an adjective meaning "dangling," "hanging," or "suspended." For example:
  • Water Avens is an attractive perennial plant with pretty pendent flowers of purple, pink, and orange.
diamond pendant
A pendent light
diamond pendant
Snowdrops are pendent flowers.
Interactive Exercise
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