eye·​let | \ ˈī-lət How to pronounce eyelet (audio) \

Definition of eyelet

1a : a small hole designed to receive a cord or used for decoration (as in embroidery)
b : a small typically metal ring to reinforce an eyelet : grommet

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The annual amfAR’s gala at Cannes usually means ballgowns galore, but model Adesuwa Aighewi gave the event much needed edge in Danish-South Korean designer’s Hyun Mi Nielsen’s eyelet dress. Vogue, "Last Week, Couture and Cool Girls Reigned Supreme," 27 May 2019 The dress code called for blue jeans, button-downs, and cowboy boots, and Katie wore one of her own designs—an off-the-shoulder dress with puffed sleeves paired with Tabitha Simmons white eyelet shoes. Meredith Heuer, Harper's BAZAAR, "Katie Ermilio & Tylee Abbott's Wedding Turned Pennsylvania into the English Countryside—on a Horse Farm," 29 Apr. 2019 The outfit was similar to the summery white eyelet ensemble Pippa wore to Wimbledon last week. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Pippa Middleton Just Wore a Printed Maxi Dress to Wimbledon," 13 July 2018 The chunky brown ankle boots, with a slight heel, stitching detail and eyelet laces are a completely different style for the typically feminine and ladylike Duchess of Cambridge. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Chose Skinny Jeans and Cool Chloé Boots for Her First 2019 Royal Engagement," 15 Jan. 2019 The royal sported a breezy sleeveless eyelet dress by Hugo Boss with lace-up espadrilles and a clutch. Temi Adebowale, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Spanish Royal Family's Vacation Portraits Are Here and They're Definitely Much Nicer Than Ours," 30 July 2018 In the hands of a good cobbler, just about anything is possible: replacing the sole, fixing a broken eyelet or even swapping out a zipper. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Your Ultimate Guide to the Best Men’s Boots," 31 Oct. 2018 Markle went for a sleeveless eyelet number by Shoshana paired with a Madewell straw topper, shades, and leather lace-up sandals by Sarah Flint. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Had a Pretty Woman Moment at a Polo Match Over the Weekend," 2 July 2018 The 34-year-old mom-to-be — who is pregnant with her first child, due in October — was photographed arriving at the prestigious tennis tournament in a white eyelet Anna Mason dress with ruffle sleeves. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Style Ace! Pregnant Pippa Middleton Steps Out in White Eyelet Dress for Day at Wimbledon," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of eyelet

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for eyelet

alteration of Middle English oilet, from Anglo-French oillet, diminutive of oil eye, from Latin oculus

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English Language Learners Definition of eyelet

: a small hole or opening in a material (such as cloth or leather) for a string or rope to pass through also : a metal or plastic ring that strengthens such an opening


eye·​let | \ ˈī-lət How to pronounce eyelet (audio) \

Kids Definition of eyelet

1 : a small hole (as in cloth or leather) for a lace or rope
2 : grommet

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