shoe·​lace ˈshü-ˌlās How to pronounce shoelace (audio)
: a lace or string for fastening a shoe

Examples of shoelace in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The frightened children, too young to tie their own shoelaces, were hustled into strangers’ homes on the tidy block as police sirens wailed. Omari Daniels, Washington Post, 21 Nov. 2023 The reflective silver shoes, while definitely on-trend, still maintained some uniqueness thanks to their black shoelaces. Hannah Jackson, Vogue, 18 Oct. 2023 And then there’s that comma, dangling like an untied shoelace off the end of the line. Susan Tallman, The New York Review of Books, 2 Nov. 2023 There are three shades of brown in the shoe to give it dimension and changeable shoelaces in white and military green. Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 2 Oct. 2023 The shoe is made of leather and has a small piece of flax or linen still attached, which archaeologists suspect once served as a shoelace. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Sep. 2023 Minutes later, Ibarrola—the innocent Ibarrola— got his shoelaces back, a coffee to go, and a bus ticket home. Karen Naundorf, WIRED, 13 Sep. 2023 If Chris breaks a shoelace, somebody has got to go in there at Z. Rick Stroud, Orlando Sentinel, 17 Aug. 2023 The Stars forward copied an MGK look by donning a pink, furry vest over a pair of black shorts and combat boots with white shoelaces. Sportsday Staff, Dallas News, 21 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1647, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of shoelace was circa 1647

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“Shoelace.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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shoe·​lace -ˌlās How to pronounce shoelace (audio)
: a lace or string for fastening a shoe

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