eye·​let | \ˈī-lət \

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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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 The mom-to-be opted for a white eyelet sundress by British brand Anna Mason, featuring an A-line silhouette and ruffled sleeves. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pregnant Pippa Middleton Wears the Prettiest White Sundress to Wimbledon," 5 July 2018 Also, general wear and tear from pulling on the laces can loosen the eyelets over time. Joe Jackson, Outside Online, "A Guide to Making Your Hiking Boots Last Forever," 23 May 2018 For that tennis outing, Pippa chose a summery white eyelet dress by Anna Mason with a straw clutch by J.Crew. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Pippa Middleton Just Wore the Perfect Summer Shirtdress to Wimbledon," 11 July 2018 Fresh from wearing the prettiest white eyelet dress by Anna Mason, to watch the tennis at Wimbledon, Middleton has now been spotted wearing a gorgeous yellow sundress. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pregnant Pippa Middleton Just Paired a Summery Yellow Dress with Sparkly Sneakers," 7 July 2018 The jumpsuit featured a ruffled, asymmetric top for added femininity, while eyelet detailing provided a soft contrast, finished by metallic stilettos. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Amal Clooney Makes a Case for the Party Jumpsuit," 15 June 2018 The sleeveless summertime dress came down to just below Meghan’s knees, and also featured eyelet details and a sweet bow tied around her waist. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Surprise! Meghan Markle Joins Serena Williams to Cheer on Prince Harry at Polo Match," 30 June 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 \

Kids Definition of eyelet

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

2 : grommet

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