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[ahy-lit] /ˈaɪ lɪt/
a small hole, usually round and finished along the edge, as in cloth or leather for the passage of a lace or cord or as in embroidery for ornamental effect.
a lightweight fabric pierced by small holes finished with stitching and often laid out in flowerlike designs.
a metal ring for lining a small hole; grommet.
an eyehole in a wall, mask, etc.
Also, oillet, oyelet, oylet. (in medieval architecture) a small aperture in a wall used as a window or loophole.
a small eye.
verb (used with object), eyeleted or eyeletted, eyeleting or eyeletting.
to make an eyelet in.
to insert metal eyelets in.
Origin of eyelet
1350-1400; Middle English oillet < Old French oillet, equivalent to oill eye (< Latin oculus; see ocular) + -et -et; influenced by eye Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for eyelet
Historical Examples
  • It should be fastened at the back, with hooks and eyelet holes.

  • His appetite fell off and his belt hooked in the fourth eyelet.

    The Gay Gnani of Gingalee Florence Huntley
  • Sometimes you might like to make an eyelet to represent a grape.

  • Fig. 110 shows the rope passed around and whipped to an eyelet.

    Rustic Carpentry Paul N. Hasluck
  • Make two eyelet holes in the back of this, and insert a draw-string.

  • The eyelet holes were next worked, and the method is shown in the diagram.

  • It's not like eyelet or French, but sort of between the two, and grand for centerpieces.

    Just Around the Corner Fannie Hurst
  • I saw that there was an eyelet on the wire into which the hook could be inserted to make a loop.

  • In the eyelet and tape class there are holes in the back of the cover.

    Library Bookbinding Arthur Low Bailey
  • The eyelet suddenly splits into an outlet, and the jilted maiden, cast off by her sisters, collapses upon the floor.

    Bizarre Lawton Mackall
British Dictionary definitions for eyelet


a small hole for a lace or cord to be passed through or for a hook to be inserted into
a small metal ring or tube with flared ends bent back, reinforcing an eyehole in fabric
a chink or small opening, such as a peephole in a wall
  1. a small hole with finely stitched edges, forming part of an ornamental pattern
  2. Also called eyelet embroidery. a piece of embroidery decorated with such work
fabric decorated with such work produced by machine
a small eye or eyelike marking
(transitive) to supply with an eyelet or eyelets
Word Origin
C14: from Old French oillet, literally: a little eye, from oill eye, from Latin oculus eye; see eye1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for eyelet

"small hole," late 14c., oilet, from Middle French oeillet, diminutive of oeil "eye," from Latin oculus (see eye (n.)). Spelling influenced by eye.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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