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 staff services many common equipment needs as well, including sharpening skates, and fixing rivets and eyelets. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "This new hockey store in Mequon uses technology to customize equipment for players," 21 Nov. 2019 But, were my neighbor to die tonight, what human warmth, what pity, what live and tender beauty would these two old, shabby boots, with their eyelet flaps sticking out like little ears, left standing at the door, radiate over me. Vladimir Nabokov, The New Yorker, "Man and Things," 8 Nov. 2019 Flour caked my watchband, glazed the eyelets of my boots, stuffed my phone’s charging jack. Washington Post, "My son moved out, and my sourdough starter moved in.," 28 Oct. 2019 The circles, at times, appeared controlled, such as the tiny perforated eyelets on a sporty white mini dress with long tassels. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Guest models Mirren, Longoria energize L’Oréal fashion show," 28 Sep. 2019 The Joyride Setter is part of the Nike Sportswear Line and features rubber eyelets and stability patches that debuted during Paris Fashion Week. Chris Chavez, SI.com, "Nike Unveils Joyride Running Shoe in Latest Cushioning Experiment," 25 July 2019 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

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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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The first known use of eyelet was in 1590

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25 Nov 2019

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“Eyelet.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eyelet. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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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

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