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

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The crowd is mainly locals walking straight past without battling an eyelid. Gemma Askham, Condé Nast Traveler, "Gaudí in Barcelona: Our Guide," 3 Mar. 2018 The models wore their hair pulled back into tight buns, and black lines painted on either side of their face, from their eyelids to their hairline—and the effect, well. Jenny Hollander, Marie Claire, "Can Someone Tell Me What Is Happening In This Fashion Show From Hell?," 15 Jan. 2019 And the pigment itself dries down to this rich, satin-y black that looks luxurious and won't budge, even if your eyelids are oily (a real thing, folks). Deanna Pai, Glamour, "Tom Ford's $58 Liquid Eyeliner Is the Best Money I Ever Spent," 8 Jan. 2019 Super thick, super thin, some can even take up your whole eyelid and take the place of eye shadow, which always looks awesome. Tynan Sinks, Allure, "3 Ways I Mastered Eye Shadow for My Hooded Eyes," 28 Sep. 2018 The device goes over your eye and performs a warm, gentle massage to your lower eyelid for about 12 minutes in your doctor’s office. Korin Miller, SELF, "So Your Doctor Says You Have Dry Eye? Here Are 8 Treatment Options to Know," 13 Dec. 2018 Apply your lash glue strategically. Meaning, don't just glob it on and immediately stick it to your eyelid. Sable Yong, Allure, "If I Can Master Applying False Lashes, Literally Anyone Can — Here's How I Did It," 3 Aug. 2018 And if strapping technology to your eyelids sounds uncomfortable, the Lumos is barely thicker than a standard eye mask. Rebecca Dolan, WSJ, "Trouble Sleeping? High-Tech Masks Can Help," 25 July 2018 After cleansing, massage a thin layer of moisturizer all over your face (avoiding the eyelids), letting the cream sink in for 5-10 minutes before applying your foundation. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "This Is the Absolute Best Way to Apply Foundation," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of eyelid

12th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of eyelid was in the 12th century

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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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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