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 The surgeon will use a special instrument to keep your eyelids open during the procedure. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, "Taylor Swift Just Revealed She Had LASIK Surgery—Here's What Really Goes Into the Procedure," 4 Oct. 2019 To stand out from the crowd of bedazzled eyelids, try one of the unique Euphoria inspired makeup looks below. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "Herieth Paul's Halloween Makeup Is Out Of This World," 28 Oct. 2019 In a moment of nervousness when Roy learns of his mission and of his father’s possible survival, a closeup displays an uncontrollable tremor beneath Roy’s—Pitt’s—lower left eyelid. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "“Ad Astra,” Reviewed: James Gray’s Masterwork of Personal Film in an Alien Setting," 19 Sep. 2019 This attention to detail is visible in the animation itself, which featured rich details such as delicate eyelids crafted from leather and subtle movements. Michelle Delgado, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Magical Animation of ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’," 23 Dec. 2019 Mr Spinney opened and shut Big Bird’s eyelids by moving a 5lb (2.3kg) lever with his little finger. The Economist, "Big Bird flies away," 14 Dec. 2019 Blue’s eyelids were swollen shut and blood was dripping from its body. Patricia Mazzei, New York Times, "The Last Days of Legal Cockfighting in Puerto Rico," 9 Nov. 2019 The officer noted that the driver’s eyelids were barely open and that nitrous oxide canisters were on his lap. Bruce Geiselman, cleveland, "Burglar takes jewelry and credit cards: Westlake Police Blotter," 1 Nov. 2019 Scaramucci’s eyelids are heavy, his hair combed back but disheveled. Ryan Kost, SFChronicle.com, "How to make a celebrity say (almost) anything," 16 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of eyelid

12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Eyelid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eyelid. Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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How to pronounce eyelid (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of eyelid

: either one of the two movable pieces of skin that cover your eye when it is closed


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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