Definition of eyelet in English:

eyelet

noun

  • 1A small round hole in leather or cloth for threading a lace, string, or rope through.

    • ‘I would recommend leaving the eyelets for the laces accessible.’
    • ‘Wrap waxed linen thread through the eyelets twice and tie one knot.’
    • ‘After the child laces the ribbon length through the eyelet holes, show him/her how to weave the needle end through the previous stitches on the back.’
    • ‘Well the strap can slip or the eyelet rings can break, and the whole lot hits the floor unless you have lightning reflexes.’
    • ‘He specified that the shoelace visit all eyelets and that every eyelet contribute toward pulling the two sides of the shoe together.’
    • ‘A sampler follows a tablecloth onto the table, small white cotton squares on pink linen showing the proper way to handcraft a button hole, an eyelet hole, attach a hook.’
    • ‘It turns out, however, that shorter lacings are possible if the lace doesn't have to pass alternately through the eyelets on the left and right side of the shoe.’
    • ‘She wore a blue leotard-style top and baggy indigo jeans rolled up to reveal strong bare ankles thrust into a pair of dusty black canvas shoes with torn eyelets and lagoon-blue laces.’
    • ‘Inside the boot's leather-and-nylon shell, an adjustable hook-and-loop heel strap, pulley eyelets, and cord laces snug up the quarter-inch-thick insulated liner.’
    • ‘It's also shaped like a bra so it's easier to get on and off - I hook the eyelets while wearing it backwards and then shift the bra around to get my arms through it.’
    • ‘Connect the pieces by tying one piece of elastic string through all eyelets.’
    • ‘Figure 7 shows an eyelet that is rounded only at its tip to accommodate the suture.’
    • ‘That's in the face of a staggering 51,840 possible lacings for a shoe with just five eyelets on each side, and millions more for shoes with a larger number of eyelet pairs!’
    • ‘Push an eyelet through the fabric from the motif side; it should fit snugly in the hole.’
    • ‘For a tighter fit, people with narrow feet should buy shoes with eyelets farther away from the tongue than people with wider feet.’
    • ‘In effect, instead of zigzagging, the lacing path is reflected at each eyelet so that it is straightened out as much as possible.’
    • ‘You can also forgo the stocking stitch, but personally, I prefer not having the eyelets so close to the edge and this way, the edging would echo the sleeve pattern.’
    1. 1.1A metal ring used to reinforce an eyelet hole.
      • ‘Available in all sizes and several metals, grommets - also called eyelets - can be found in crafts, hardware, and fabric stores.’
      • ‘Her shoes feature fish fin eyelets and rope straps.’
      • ‘Even after Great Northern Industries bought the factory in the mid '60s, local residents could usually find work producing shoe eyelets and other metal there.’
      • ‘The bodice was black with golden eyelets in which the silky lace lanced through, and it held together a golden evening gown that was low cut and flowed to her heels.’
      • ‘Also, my local store oils them and replaces the laces and any damaged eyelets for free.’
      • ‘Metal eyelets, invented in 1828, allowed for very tight lacing.’
      • ‘‘Metal eyelets are very popular in all types of finishes from nickel to gold’ says Michael Nathel, vice president of sales.’
      • ‘Chocolate brown velvet coats or trousers were decorated with cream leather flames or different-sized metal eyelets sewn in the shape of big butterflies.’
      • ‘Insert small metal eyelets to avoid rippage of string holes’
      • ‘You can add a bit of glue to each eyelet before setting for added strength.’
      • ‘And then they went and put metal eyelets in them.’
    2. 1.2A small hole ornamented with stitching around its edge, used as a form of decoration in embroidery.
      • ‘He spent upwards of forty-five minutes looking for the perfect eyelet sheets that I have always wanted.’
      • ‘However, remember to keep your window treatments simple, using either French pleats or eyelets.’
      • ‘Scallop-edged eyelet and smocking provide a summery look, regardless of the season.’
      • ‘As she maneuvered her walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of her tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on her window.’
      • ‘A tailored bed skirt smartens the bedding ensemble, while windows get dressed for summer year-round with white eyelet curtain panels.’
    3. 1.3A small hole or slit in a wall for looking through.
      • ‘The tomb itself is almost like a miniature fortress, with sloping crenellated outer walls, complete with eyelets for archery.’
      • ‘That worked great and meant no drilling holes and putting eyelets in drywall screwholes.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Make eyelets in (fabric)

    • ‘Your best source for locating eyeleting machines suppliers.’
    • ‘From eyeleting to grommets to accessories, our company can help you with all your eyeleting needs.’

Origin

Late Middle English oilet, from Old French oillet, diminutive of oil eye from Latin oculus. The change in the first syllable in the 17th century was due to association with eye.

Pronunciation:

eyelet

/ˈīlət/