eye·​lid | \ ˈī-ˌlid How to pronounce eyelid (audio) \

Definition of eyelid

: either of the movable folds of skin and muscle that can be closed over the eyeball

Examples of eyelid in a Sentence

the upper eyelid of the left eye
Recent Examples on the Web There are some potential hazards associated with magnetic eyelashes, including allergic reaction, irritation, eyelid fatigue, lashes falling out and corneal abrasion, says Dr. Thau. Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, 26 May 2022 Rhinoplasties, eyelid surgeries, and face-lifts topped the list, conquering the former and longtime number one procedure: breast augmentation. Kaitlin Clark, Allure, 16 Jan. 2022 This is called allergic conjunctivitis because allergens cause the protective covering of the eye and eyelid—the conjunctiva—to swell. Lauren Krouse, SELF, 1 June 2022 An arrest report states that the teenager had dilated pupils, slurred speech, bloodshot eyes, as well as body and eyelid tremors. Adam Sabes, Fox News, 30 May 2022 Brow lifts, on the other hand, can be either surgical or noninvasive and can delay the need for an upper- or lower-eyelid surgery. Kaitlin Clark, Allure, 15 Feb. 2022 Adam pulls down his left eyelid to reveal a half-inch horizontal scar. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Mar. 2022 Make sure not to get too close to your eyelid, though. Jasmine Washington, Seventeen, 1 Feb. 2022 The pain may be accompanied by a red or teary eye, swollen or drooping eyelid, nasal congestion or a runny nose on one side. Lisa Bain, Good Housekeeping, 10 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of eyelid

12th century, in the meaning defined above

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27 Jun 2022

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“Eyelid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eyelid. Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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More Definitions for eyelid


eye·​lid | \ ˈī-ˌlid How to pronounce eyelid (audio) \

Kids Definition of eyelid

: the thin movable fold of skin and muscle that can be closed over the eyeball


eye·​lid | \ ˈī-ˌlid How to pronounce eyelid (audio) \

Medical Definition of eyelid

: either of the movable lids of skin and muscle that can be closed over the eyeball

called also palpebra

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