hook and eye


: a 2-part fastening device (as on a garment or a door) consisting of a metal hook that catches over a bar or into a loop

Examples of hook and eye in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The bodysuit has hook and eye closures on the crotch, lace detailing on the butt for a smooth, no-show look under clothing, and adjustable straps to improve the fit. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 2 Mar. 2024 The bodysuit also has a gusset hook and eye closure for ease of wear and a thong back to help prevent panty lines when worn under tighter-fitting garments. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 4 Mar. 2024 This sports bra also has some incredible fit features, like adjustable criss-cross straps and a hook and eye closure. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 28 Feb. 2024 This fully lined cotton jacket has all the details of a classic trench, including the hook and eye at the collar. Paula Lee, Glamour, 29 Nov. 2023 Thousands of five-star reviews rave about the strong support this bra offers, with the crisscrossed design and hook and eye closure receiving the most praise. Courtney Leiva, Peoplemag, 20 Nov. 2023 The bra has a hook and eye closure, is made from a breathable material, and has adjustable straps that don’t dig into skin. Amy Schulman, Peoplemag, 10 Oct. 2023 Made of 79 percent micromodal and 21 percent elastane, This bralette is also padded and features a hook and eye closure for maximum protection from slippage. Natalie Alcala, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Sep. 2023 It's also designed with smoothing sides and a hook and eye closure at the back to keep things secure and wear seamlessly under tanks, tees, and tops. Courtney Leiva, Peoplemag, 17 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1626, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hook and eye was circa 1626

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“Hook and eye.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hook%20and%20eye. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

hook and eye

: a fastener (as for clothing) made up of a small hook that catches over a bar or into a loop
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