\ ˈklēt How to pronounce cleat (audio) \

Definition of cleat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a wedge-shaped piece fastened to or projecting from something and serving as a support or check
b : a wooden or metal fitting usually with two projecting horns around which a rope may be made fast
2a : a strip fastened across something to give strength or hold in position
b(1) : a projecting piece (as on the bottom of a shoe) that furnishes a grip
(2) cleats plural : shoes equipped with cleats


cleated; cleating; cleats

Definition of cleat (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to secure to or by a cleat
2 : to provide with a cleat

Examples of cleat in a Sentence

Noun a football player wearing cleats
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun First, Tanner Hall, 10, of Alliance, Ohio, beat him at the game, and Watson removed a cleat, autographed it and handed it to him. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland, 30 July 2022 The cleat is equipped with 360Wrap support that locks and supports your feet through all 18 holes. John Thompson, Men's Health, 12 May 2022 For how the cleat landed on his hand Thursday night, there could’ve been worse damage — a torn ligament or a broken bone. Andy Kostka, Baltimore Sun, 15 May 2022 The cleat is lightweight, waterproof, and comfortable as heck thanks to a SweetSpot Cushioning System. John Thompson, Men's Health, 12 May 2022 Using lessons learned from developing releasable ski bindings, LOOK designed the cleat to release at any speed when the cyclist moves his heel a few degrees in or out. Andrew Freeman, Outside Online, 21 May 2012 The three-quarter-length Pebax cleat plate delivers powerful propulsion without feeling too stiff and harsh like many entry-level spikes can. Cory Smith, Outside Online, 16 Apr. 2022 But the injuries on his left hand from when he was stepped on with a cleat while sliding headfirst into first base in a May 12 game against the St. Louis Cardinals forced, well, his hand. Matt Cohen, Baltimore Sun, 3 June 2022 Most road pedals use a cleat with a three-bolt attachment system. Joe Lindsey, Outside Online, 21 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Attach the angle cleats at the mark and below the cubbies with 1-5/8-inch screws for support. Lucy Wendel, Better Homes & Gardens, 6 Apr. 2020 In 2018, James gifted OSU football players black his signature Nike Soldier XII cleats for the team’s game against Nebraska. Joey Morona, cleveland, 24 Dec. 2019 In 2018, James gifted OSU football players his black signature Nike Soldier XII cleats for the team’s game against Nebraska. cleveland, 24 Dec. 2019 Lopez is a shoe designer on the side, and Betts, who is sponsored by Jordan Brand, wanted three customized Jordan XIII cleats from him. Julian Mcwilliams,, 24 Aug. 2019 Vikings safety Anthony Harris, who enrolled at Virginia a year after Love’s death, also has worn One Love Foundation cleats each of the past two seasons. Chris Tomasson, Twin Cities, 8 July 2019 The Elks defeated the Red Sox, 11-6, in a game that offered a double whammy to La Cañada, which had a player ejected and suspended for allegedly cleating an Elks player on a play at first base. Andrew J. Campa,, 24 May 2018 Abby Cavaiani put her soccer cleats back on this spring for the first time in years. Christopher Kuhagen, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 6 July 2018 Medics sat in a tent nearby, and bicycles, backpacks and soccer cleats the boys left behind remained at the entrance. Tassanee Vejpongsa, Fox News, 28 June 2018 See More

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First Known Use of cleat


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1794, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cleat


Middle English clete wedge, from Old English *clēat; akin to Middle High German klōz lump — more at clout

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5 Aug 2022

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“Cleat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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\ ˈklēt How to pronounce cleat (audio) \

Kids Definition of cleat

1 : a wooden or metal device used to fasten a line or a rope
2 : a strip or projection fastened to the bottom of a shoe to prevent slipping
3 cleats plural : shoes equipped with cleats

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