shoe·​lace | \ ˈshü-ˌlās How to pronounce shoelace (audio) \

Definition of shoelace

: a lace or string for fastening a shoe

Examples of shoelace in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As a young immigrant a century ago, Luba Perchyshyn's mother used the metal tip of a shoelace along with homemade dyes to make pysanky, or Ukrainian eggs, for her first Easter in her new home of Minneapolis. Kavita Kumar, Star Tribune, "Luba Perchyshyn, master maker of Ukrainian eggs, dies at 96," 17 Sep. 2020 Or make several, and string them together on a leather shoelace for a necklace. John Kass,, "Plenty of bad ideas and a few good ones for Hail to the Patriarch Day," 14 June 2019 There’s a burrito pinata freshener, a Corazon de Oro sew-on patch and Pan Dulce shoelaces. Washington Post, "Advent calendars have exploded with gift-worthy options," 22 Nov. 2019 Toxic tau misfolds like a shoelace tied in a mess of double knots instead of a neat bow. Karen Weintraub, Scientific American, "Tau Shows Promise as Achilles’ Heel for Alzheimer’s and Similar Diseases," 2 Mar. 2020 Crammed into a yellow Hummer, the gang learns all about the rules of survival (double-knot those shoelaces, folks), opening up to other people, and how not to treat Bill Murray. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Road Trip Movies," 25 Mar. 2020 Erin flicks on a small suction machine, places a straw into Clare’s mouth, and it’s done in a snap, as routine as tying shoelaces. cleveland, "Superhero Project helps kids find inner strength," 1 Mar. 2020 Now, two sets of those shoelaces will be preserved for future generations at the California State Library. Tal Kopan,, "Eric Swalwell shoelaces find new home in California historical archive," 15 Nov. 2019 Ribbon, shoelaces or narrow strands of fabric can be used for mask ties. oregonlive, "How to make face masks at home, 3 ways for all skill levels (videos)," 4 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of shoelace

circa 1647, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of shoelace was circa 1647

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English Language Learners Definition of shoelace

: a long, thin material like a string that is used for fastening a shoe


shoe·​lace | \ ˈshü-ˌlās How to pronounce shoelace (audio) \

Kids Definition of shoelace

: a lace or string for fastening a shoe

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