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

Examples of eyelet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The actress was photographed in a white blazer, eyelet bralette, high-waist skirt, and sandal heels. Alyssa Bailey, ELLE, 13 June 2022 This eyelet dress is easy to throw on and perfect for a casual daytime wedding. Raena Loper, Good Housekeeping, 25 May 2022 The presentation revealed models in pleated miniskirts, voluminous jeans, jacket sets that take a second glance to fully appreciate the embroidery detail, and eyelet suiting ready to go from desk to dinner. Cassandra Pintro, Vogue, 28 Apr. 2022 Wear a gauzy tank underneath or your favorite eyelet blouse to give it a summery finish. Nicole Kliest, Vogue, 11 June 2022 Think eyelet lace, floral prints, natural tones and delicate ceramic dishes and tea sets seen in quaint country cottages. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, 4 May 2022 The sweet eyelet design adds character to this universally flattering silhouette. Karla Pope, Woman's Day, 24 May 2022 This vivid coral dress is made out of light-as-air eyelet chiffon. Ariel Scotti, PEOPLE.com, 12 Apr. 2022 Heritage Auctions was able to match the pair to the ones Jordan wore that night thanks to a picture of a leaping MJ that shows the NBA great’s shoes skipping the same eyelet. Kyle Schnitzer, Robb Report, 25 Feb. 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'eyelet.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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

Learn More About eyelet

Dictionary Entries Near eyelet

eye lens



See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for eyelet

Last Updated

26 Jun 2022

Cite this Entry

“Eyelet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eyelet. Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for eyelet


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

More from Merriam-Webster on eyelet

Nglish: Translation of eyelet for Spanish Speakers


Test Your Vocabulary

Which Word Does Not Belong?

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!