a dress that laces in the back
the gardener laced the shoots of ivy around the trellis to direct their growth Noun
I need new laces for these shoes.
She wore lace on her wedding gown.
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Police officers couldn’t save Diamond Lynch, who overdosed in her Washington, D.C., apartment after taking a pill laced with the powerful and dangerous chemical opiate.—Ken Dilanian, NBC News, 28 Nov. 2023 The classic boots have a waterproof rubber duck shell, a warm microfleece lining, a slip-resistant rubber sole for wet and dry traction, and rawhide barrel lacing.—Kayla Kitts, Peoplemag, 27 Nov. 2023 Tiffani Evans laced her fingers with the women clothed in all black.—Jasmine Hilton, Washington Post, 25 Nov. 2023 The soy wax candle has an impressive 60-hour burn time and is also laced with coffee beans and vanilla for that chill coffee house type of vibe.—Michelle Rostamian, Better Homes & Gardens, 21 Nov. 2023 Hearty beef and vegetable soup, 30-minute chili, and light, brothy turkey soup laced with lemongrass are some of our favorite fall soups.—Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 1 Nov. 2023 Its music video, a cinematic take on childhood laced with arguments and discord, finds Dawson stepping behind the camera, bringing SZA into his intimate and idiosyncratic visual world.—Kyle Denis, Billboard, 31 Oct. 2023 It’s all smoothly punctuated by original interviews with friends, colleagues, supporters and ex-lovers, and laced with excerpts from Hite’s own writings, read by Dakota Johnson.—Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, 18 Nov. 2023 Snorting, shooting or swallowing something laced with fentanyl can lead to an overdose.—John Kelly, Washington Post, 13 Nov. 2023
Her blazer featured a plunging neckline, with her black lace bra peeking out from the lapels.—Hannah Jackson, Vogue, 29 Nov. 2023 Raymond Hall Like sheer lace ensembles, oversized coats that go heavy on the fuzzy factor have been trending for a few years now.—Kathleen Walsh, Glamour, 29 Nov. 2023 To perform the heartfelt ballad, Palmer slipped into a white lace minidress and a matching sheer duster.—Kara Nesvig, Allure, 28 Nov. 2023 Stormi wore a high-neck white dress with lace overlay for the special event, with her hair in a high ponytail.—Hannah Sacks, Peoplemag, 27 Nov. 2023 Adjustment is simple, even when you’re all geared up, thanks to the Speed Helix and Boa fit and closure system (a series of stainless steel laces adjustable by simply turning a dial).—Rena Behar, Travel + Leisure, 22 Nov. 2023 Made of polyester fleece, the super plush blanket is available in a variety of reversible patterns, including a red and white plaid option with lace trim that’s perfect for the holiday season.—Lauren Taylor, Southern Living, 17 Nov. 2023 Muslin and cashmere were much less obvious than billowing lace or tiered ruffles.—Anne Higonnet, Vogue, 17 Nov. 2023 One of the dresses from the Lebanese fashion designer featured a floor-length flowing skirt made from black lace, and the second featured off-the-shoulder sleeves and a long train, both of which were adorned with rose appliqués.—Bailey Richards, Peoplemag, 12 Nov. 2023 See More
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Middle English, from Anglo-French lacer, from Latin laqueare to ensnare, from laqueus
Middle English, from Anglo-French lace, laz, from Latin laqueus snare
Middle English las, lace "a string used to draw together two edges of material," from early French laz (same meaning), from Latin laqueus "noose, snare" — related to lashentry 3, lassoentry 1
When the ancient Romans wanted to trap a small animal, such as a rabbit, they used a loop of light rope laid on the ground in its path. A triggering device was used to tighten the loop around the animal. They called such a loop or noose laqueus, which became laz in early French. The English borrowed it as las in the 14th century. They used it to refer to a cord that holds something together by weaving, as a shoelace. Finally, it came to mean the delicate fabric made by weaving and knotting thin strands of material.