1. noun /ˈnɛkləs/
a) An article of jewelry/jewellery that is worn around the neck, most often made of a string of precious metal, pearls, gems, beads or shells, and sometimes having a pendant attached.

a necklace of coral islands

b) Anything resembling a necklace in shape.
2. verb /ˈnɛkləs/
(South African) To informally execute by setting on fire a petrol-filled rubber tyre which has been put around the bound victims neck.

Frustrated residents tied the hands of two suspected criminals, put tyres around their necks and then set them alight. In a manifestation of growing disillusionment with the criminal justice system, residents of Bramfischerville, west of Johannesburg, on Tuesday abducted and necklaced two suspected burglars.

3. adjective /ˈnɛkləs/
(South African) Describing a method of murder.

Seven people have been arrested in connection with Saturdays "necklace" murder of three men in the Tjokville informal settlement at Jeffreys Bay.

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  • necklace — eck lace (?; 48), n. 1. A string of beads, etc., or any continuous band or chain, worn around the neck as an ornament. [1913 Webster] 2. (Naut.) A rope or chain fitted around the masthead to hold hanging blocks for jibs and stays. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • necklace — (n.) 1590s, from NECK (Cf. neck) (n.) + LACE (Cf. lace) (n.) in the sense of cord, string. As the name of a South African form of lynching, from 1985 …   Etymology dictionary

  • necklace — [n] chain beads, carcanet, choker, jewelry, lavalliere, locket, pearls, pendant, riviere, strand, string; concept 446 …   New thesaurus

  • necklace — ► NOUN ▪ an ornamental chain or string of beads, jewels, or links worn round the neck. ► VERB ▪ (in South Africa) kill by placing a tyre soaked with petrol round a victim s neck and setting it alight …   English terms dictionary

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  • necklace —   Lei. See lei, whale tooth.    ♦ Pearl necklace, lei momi.    ♦ Diamond necklace, lei kaimana.    ♦ Bead necklace, lei kula (gold); akalei (glass).    ♦ Hog tusk necklace, lei hoaka.    ♦ Dogtooth necklace, lei niho īlio.    ♦ “Puka” shell… …   English-Hawaiian dictionary

  • necklace */ — UK [ˈnekləs] / US noun [countable] Word forms necklace : singular necklace plural necklaces a piece of jewellery that hangs round your neck a pearl/gold necklace necklace of: a necklace of glass beads …   English dictionary

  • necklace — neck|lace [ nekləs ] noun count * a piece of jewelry that hangs around your neck: a pearl/gold necklace necklace of: a necklace of glass beads …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • necklace — [[t]ne̱klɪs[/t]] necklaces, necklacing, necklaced 1) N COUNT A necklace is a piece of jewellery such as a chain or a string of beads which someone, usually a woman, wears round their neck. ...a diamond necklace and matching earrings. 2) VERB To… …   English dictionary

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