ag·​let | \ ˈa-glət How to pronounce aglet (audio) \

Definition of aglet

1 : the plain or ornamental tag covering the ends of a lace or point
2 : any of various ornamental studs, cords, or pins worn on clothing

Examples of aglet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The benefit of knowing critical chores in a household seems heftier than knowing the technical term for the piece of plastic on the end of a shoelace — an aglet. Lily Jackson |, al, 25 Apr. 2020 Customers may choose from themed packs with embroidered patches and laces, and a variety of grommets, aglets, lace bolts, as well as other do-it-yourself options using stencils. Joy Sewing, Houston Chronicle, 8 Dec. 2017 Telomeres are the tips of chromosomes that protect DNA while it's being copied -- like the aglet at the end of a shoelace that prevents it from fraying. Michael Nedelman And Susan Scutti, CNN, 2 July 2017 In addition to the leather tonal Swoosh, the shoes also have red lace aglets and Nike tags on the tongues. Jake Woolf, GQ, 19 June 2017

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First Known Use of aglet

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for aglet

Middle English agglot, aglet, borrowed from Middle French aguillette, diminutive of aguille "needle, pin," going back to Old French, going back to Gallo-Latin acūcula, alteration (with ū from Latin acūtus "pointed") of Late Latin acucula "ornamental pin, pine needle," diminutive of Latin acus "needle, pin" — more at acute

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“Aglet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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