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[lach-it] /ˈlætʃ ɪt/
noun, Archaic.
a strap or lace used to fasten a shoe.
Origin of latchet
1300-50; Middle English lachet < Middle French, dialectal variant of lacet. See lace, -et Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for latchet
Historical Examples
  • It's easy holding down the latchet when nobody pulls the string.

    Memoirs of a Midget Walter de la Mare
  • He started from his reverie as she and the nurse approached, and lifted the latchet of the little wicket to lot them pass.

  • He put in his hand and opened the latchet, and with very little trouble got down into the room.

    Mopsa the Fairy Jean Ingelow
  • They held each in one hand a flaming sword, and in the other the latchet, which moved to and fro at their lightest touch.

    Dracula's Guest

    Bram Stoker
  • As to his work, he was only baptizing with water, he was not worthy to loose the latchet of his Master's shoe.

    The Great Commission C. H. (Charles Henry) Mackintosh
  • By speaking of the latchet of the sandal, he clearly intimates that this Person is among them in a visible form.

    The Gospel of St. John Frederick Denison Maurice
  • She looks over my garden-gate; she lifts the latchet and enters, smiling gravely and tenderly.

    For Faith and Freedom Walter Besant
  • The foothold was, moreover, less firm than before, and his heavy brogues sank to the latchet in the yielding soil.

    Wager of Battle Henry William Herbert
  • So he went to his own door, hoping that the latchet might not be drawn altogether within.

    Balsamo, The Magician Alexander Dumas
  • But Ivan had possessed himself of the key, and even as the hand of the first was on the latchet bar the bolt was shot in his face.

    Joan of the Sword Hand S(amuel) R(utherford) Crockett
British Dictionary definitions for latchet


(archaic) a shoe fastening, such as a thong or lace
Word Origin
C14: from Old French lachet, from laslace
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