Definition of aglet in English:



  • A metal or plastic tube fixed tightly around each end of a shoelace.

    • ‘The plastic things on the end of shoelaces are called aglets.’
    • ‘The simplest way to create an aglet is to wind two or three layers of adhesive tape around the end.’
    • ‘And that the ends of our shoelaces are called aglets.’
    • ‘A random search by CFO magazine recently uncovered E-tail sites hawking pipe cleaners, arugula seeds, and aglets (those little plastic things on the ends of shoelaces).’
    • ‘These function somewhat like the aglets on the ends of shoelaces that keep them from unraveling.’


Late Middle English: from French aiguillette small needle diminutive of aiguille (see aiguille).