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[shoo-leys] /ˈʃuˌleɪs/
a string or lace for fastening a shoe.
Origin of shoelace
First recorded in 1640-50; shoe + lace Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Casey nervously undid a shoelace, retieing it with meticulous care.

    Terry Charles Goff Thomson
  • You can thank your lucky stars that your shoelace came untied.

  • While Urquhart was playing his shoelace became loosened, and he stooped to tie it.

  • Rick balanced on one leg, one hand on Scotty's shoulder, the other hand fumbling with the shoelace on his lifted foot.

    The Wailing Octopus Harold Leland Goodwin
  • She moved impatiently, so that the shoelace slipped out of his hand, and he had to begin all over again.

    The Good Comrade Una L. Silberrad
  • Dr. Quink bent over and tied his shoelace once or twice before he replied.

British Dictionary definitions for shoelace


a cord or lace for fastening shoes
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for shoelace

1640s, from shoe (n.) + lace (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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