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 American Academy of Ophthalmology lists risks that include: trauma to or infection of the eyelid or cornea; allergic reaction to the glue; and permanent or temporary loss of eyelashes. Beth Teitell, BostonGlobe.com, "When it comes to eyelash extensions, the demand is unreal," 3 July 2019 Joy Bush’s manipulated black-and-white photo shows an eyelid between two upraised hands, evoking a sense of joy, the artist’s name. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "When is a selfie art? When it shows the soul, like these portraits at City Gallery," 11 June 2019 Country: Paraguay For the majority of 2017, few would have batted an eyelid at Paraguay left-back Santiago Arzamendia, but that could hardly be further from the case these days. SI.com, "Copa America: 6 Young Players to Watch Out for at the 2019 Tournament," 11 June 2019 But for one woman in Taiwan, a literal blink of an eye led to a small family of bees making a temporary home under her eyelid. Marci Robin, Allure, "Doctors Found Bees Living in a Woman's Eye and I Now Wear Goggles 24 Hours a Day," 11 Apr. 2019 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

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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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